Lead by legendary design chief Harley Earl, GM introduced a radical series of “dream cars” (now called concept cars) through touring Motorama shows. The most innovative of the series were Earl’s Firebirds, I-III. And the most radical of the Firebirds was the Firebird II, a jet-powered, aircraft-styled wonder that GM called, “the first American gas turbine car specifically designed for family use on the highway.”

1956 GM Firebird II Concept Car, General Motors, GM Firebird Concept

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