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Going, going, gone! Escapees from GM's Crusher

By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

It's been a few years since GM teetered on the edge of financial abyss. Fortunately, the General is back and perhaps stronger than at any time in recent history. During the '09 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida, GM decided to offer a selection of items from its in-house vehicle archive/museum, the GM Heritage Collection. While some incorrectly predicted this was a desperate, fire-sale move intended to keep the lights on a few minutes longer, the fact is, GM regularly skims cars off the top to make room for new additions.

For the spring 2009 Florida auction, somebody at GM had the foresight to ask, "Why do we crush our engineering mule cars and other oddball stuff? Why not let them out into the world so collectors can appreciate and preserve them?" Naturally, most of these vehicles carried scrap titles—to prevent their use on any public road...ever. And so it was as dozens upon dozens of former GM Heritage Collection vehicles were released into extremely grateful private hands at auction. Though some of the offerings were little more than dolled-up show cars meant to be seen by the public, there were also many former top-secret critters scampering away to safety. Let's have a look at these refugees from the crusher.

Groovy Factoids
• If you're digging the C4 Corvette's scene, you must read Corvette from the Inside, former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan's tell-all book on how the C4 was developed. It's from Bentley Publishers (BentleyPublishers.com), or score a copy from Amazon.com.
• As you read this, hundreds of engineers throughout Detroit are working on the top performance cars of 2015. No kidding. Conversely, what you buy new today was designed a few years ago. A Detroit insider once lamented to us: "I hate buying new cars. From my vantage point, they're already a few years old!"

By Steve Magnante
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