It was the final project in the Firebird series, and the most progressive of the four. It also featured a dramatic new design, and an interior loaded up with luxuries like a television, a game table, and even a fridge.
By 1969, GM was so emotionally invested in the Firebird platform, that it handed over the idea to Buick as not to see it go the way of the dodo. From there, Buick designers and engineers went above and beyond with the Century Cruiser.
It was a slightly more luxurious, more appealing (with its teal paint job) version of the Firebird. It featured new swivel contour seats so that riders could easily reach the fridge and television while on their daily commute. It did have a steering wheel, but it was deemed “unnecessary” as the car would have predetermined routes guided by those electric highway centers mentioned earlier.
In 1980, GM’s autonomous dreams were quite literally crushed. Only one was ever built, and it was eventually sent to the crusher, never to be spoken of again inside the walls of GM. We can bet GM still wishes it had that concept on hand today.