On a large, anonymous industrial estate half-an-hour north of downtown Detroit sits a large, anonymous warehouse. Inside this large, anonymous warehouse sits the greatest collection of GM cars - arguably the greatest collection of cars, period - anywhere in the world.
This is GM’s heritage facility, a not-open-to-the-public sprawl of some 600 all-American cars, spanning over a century and incorporating every one of the General’s biggest hits.
There’s a 1932 Cadillac phaeton packing a 7.4-litre V16 engine. There’s a Sixties prototype electric car, its bonnet bay jammed full of battery packs. There are the Cadillac Cien, Ciel and Sixteen concepts. There’s a 1966 fuel cell bus. There’s a six-metre-long 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible with tailfins the size of surfboards. There’s a Bonneville Salt Flats racer, a Sixties single-seat pod, and a wall of V8 engines stretching back some 100 years. There’s the first concept car ever made, 1938’s Buick Y-Job.
Pictures: Webb Bland