Firebird III: One Of The Most Intriguing And Influential Concept Cars Of General Motors – Design You Trust

Firebird III: One Of The Most Intriguing And Influential Concept Cars Of General Motors

GM built the Firebird III in 1958 and debuted it at Motorama in 1959. It is another extravagant concept with a fiberglass body and no fewer than seven short wings and tail fins (which were tested extensively in a wind tunnel).


The car is a two-seater powered by a 225 hp (168 kW) Whirlfire GT-305 gas turbine engine, with a two-cylinder 10 hp (7.5 kW) gasoline engine to run all the accessories. Its exterior design features a double-bubble canopy and technical advancements to make it more practical, such as cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and air conditioning.

The Firebird III also featured “Space-Age” innovations, such as special air drag brakes like those found on aircraft, which emerged from flat panels in the bodywork of the car to slow it from high speeds; an “ultra-sonic” key that signaled the doors to open; an automated guidance system to help avoid accidents; and “no hold” steering.

The driver controlled the steering with a joystick positioned between the two seats. This gave the car a more futuristic feel and simulated the experience of flying a plane.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Your Beautiful Home In 1974 On A Budget
Cool Pics Of 20 Great '80s Classic Cars That Time Forgot
"Out Of This World": Photographer Egor Rogalev Visits The Museum Of Soviet Space Travel
The Astonishing Cinematic Autochrome Photography From The 1890s By Heinrich Kühn
Unique House for the Atomic Age from 1953
The ’80s Hairdos: One of the Sexiest Hairstyles of All Time
These Men’s Fashion Ads From The 1970s That Will Leave You Speechless
1938 Phantom Corsair: The Regret Of A Car Ahead Of Its Time
iPhone Alarm Dock
Eye-popping China Int'l Optics Fair
Amazing Cover Photos of the Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1970s
In the 1970s, American Luxury Cars Were Bursting With Velour and Velvet
Japan's Ultra Luxurious Shiki-Shima Train
Amazing Photos Of Keith Haring's Unconventional Canvases On Vehicles
Meet Nikita Replyanski, An Artificial Limbs And Wearable Technology Designer
Artist Illustrates Well-Known Thriller Movies As Vintage Cartoons
The Jeep Wrangler Based G. Patton Tomahawk 6x6 Is What Nightmares Are Made Of
Vintage Photographs Of Welsh Coracle Men With Their Catch Of Fish In The Early 20th Century
Romanian Artist Colorized Black And White Photos To Bring Memories To Vivid Reality
Ukraine-Born American Artist Boris Artzybasheff’s Anti-Nazi Illustrations
Planet Mercury Unmasked: Fantastic Photos Of Crazy New Discoveries
The New Cruise Ship 'Disney Fantasy' Leaves the Dockyard
Retro Birdhouse Camper Kit Makes the Perfect Backyard Outpost
The Super Monster Wolf Is Here To Scare Animals Away From Farmers' Crops