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1956 GM XP-500

1956 GM XP-500 in Fröhliche Zukunft! — Wünsche, Wunder und Visionen, Documentary, 1988

Class: Cars, Proto / Concept — Model origin: US

1956 GM XP-500

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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Alexander DE

2007-12-28 01:42

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[Image: frhlichezukunft061yh2.329.jpg]

58Roadmaster US

2007-12-28 04:55

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This looks a lot like the General Motors Firebird II, but it appears to have a different front clip from seen here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:FirebirdII.jpg
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/gm-motorama-firebird5.htm
This car also has cut-outs behind the doors that are not found on the Firebird II.

Alexander DE

2007-12-28 13:41

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I couldn't match it to any existing concept car. As the section was about design it might just be a non running styling model.

Richard of C CA

2007-12-29 17:15

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I would say it the Firebird II from 1956. If it is it had some styling changes done to it at this point. Side grills were added to the rear fender and a scoup in front of the rear wheel. The front clip is different. The car could be a duplicate as the original is in its original form these days and colour (silver) GM shows it off fairly regularly these days. I have seen it at Meadow Brook and Eyes concours several times.

wrenchhead US

2008-01-02 18:03

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doesn't look like a firebird II. Agree with alexander, its probably a styling mock up.

Alexander DE

2008-01-06 01:42

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I dug into the subject a bit deeper and think that what we see here is the GM XP-500, the direct forerunner of the Firebird II. It is quite possible that this car was altered to form the final look of the Firebird II.

Again finding pictures is very difficult. This is the only one I found so far:
[Image: gmxp500as4.png]

58Roadmaster US

2008-02-14 01:24

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Good work!

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