Inside GM’s private engine collection

Gold-plated Cadillac 500 CID V8Here’s a companion piece to the recent MCG story on the GM Heritage Collection. In the first installment we featured a few of the cars. This time around we’ll focus strictly on some of the engines on display at the Heritage Center. 

 

The engines in the collection include racing engines, experimental, prototype, and developmental pieces, cutaways. and display versions of standard production powerplants. It’s a little bit of everything, really, and it’s all good. In the gallery below you’ll find:

+   An experimental twin-turbo 455 Oldsmobile V8

+   A rare example of the 1923 Copper-Cooled Chevrolet engine

+   A Buick nailhead V8 developmental engine with turbocharger and Carter sidedraft carbs

+   A Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp from GM’s wartime production

+  A Cadillac LMP LeMans V8 with twin turbochargers

… and so much more. Mac’s Motor City Garage will be returning with more in-depth material on some of the more unusual engines in the collection. so be sure to stay tuned. You can consider this merely a teaser. Meanwhile, enjoy the slideshow below.

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Aurora IRL 4.0L V8
Oldsmobile 455 CID twin turbo V LR
1903 Oldsmobile Pirate
1975 Cosworth Vega clear plastic hood
Cadillac 346 CID military V8 WWII
Oldsmobile 500 CID Pro Stock V8
2002 Cadillac V16 experimental RR
1911 Oldsmobile Limited 707 CID
Pontiac 370 CID Tri-Power V8
2002 Cadillac V16 experimental RF
1954 Corvette Blue Flame 235 CID Six
Aerovette LT1 Corvette V8
Cadillac LeMans Turbo V8 cutaway
1931 Cadillac V12
Buick Nailhead turbo with Carter sidedraft carbs
Cadillac 135 degree Series 90 V16 RF
Oldsmobile 455 CID V8 twin turbo LF
1939 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Cadillac Northstar 4.6L V8 cutaway with transaxle
Carter sidedraft carburetors
Oldsmobile experimental Quad Cam V8
1949 Cadillac V8
LS V8 exhaust header cutaway
Cadillac Series 90 135 degree V16 LF
Gold-plated Cadillac 500 CID V8
LS V8 cutaway
Pontiac 389 CID Tri-Power V8
1963 Cadillac Prototype V12
1923 Chevrolet Copper-Cooled engine
Buick DOHC V6 PPG pace car
GMC Truck gasoline V6
Corvette LT5 DOHC 32V V8
GM Electrovair II electric motor
1918 Chevrolet V8
1915 Cadillac V8
1962 Buick 215 CID alumimum V8

Aurora IRL 4.0L V8

Oldsmobile 455 CID twin turbo V LR

1903 Oldsmobile Pirate

1975 Cosworth Vega clear plastic hood

Cadillac 346 CID military V8 WWII

Oldsmobile 500 CID Pro Stock V8

2002 Cadillac V16 experimental RR

1911 Oldsmobile Limited 707 CID

Pontiac 370 CID Tri-Power V8

2002 Cadillac V16 experimental RF

1954 Corvette Blue Flame 235 CID Six

Aerovette LT1 Corvette V8

Cadillac LeMans Turbo V8 cutaway

1931 Cadillac V12

Buick Nailhead turbo with Carter sidedraft carbs

Cadillac 135 degree Series 90 V16 RF

Oldsmobile 455 CID V8 twin turbo LF

1939 Pratt & Whitney R-2800

Cadillac Northstar 4.6L V8 cutaway with transaxle

Carter sidedraft carburetors

Oldsmobile experimental Quad Cam V8

1949 Cadillac V8

LS V8 exhaust header cutaway

Cadillac Series 90 135 degree V16 LF

Gold-plated Cadillac 500 CID V8

LS V8 cutaway

Pontiac 389 CID Tri-Power V8

1963 Cadillac Prototype V12

1923 Chevrolet Copper-Cooled engine

Buick DOHC V6 PPG pace car

GMC Truck gasoline V6

Corvette LT5 DOHC 32V V8

GM Electrovair II electric motor

1918 Chevrolet V8

1915 Cadillac V8

1962 Buick 215 CID alumimum V8

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5 thoughts on “Inside GM’s private engine collection

  1. I have a 396 big block chevy cut-a-way engine that i just found . Ground smooth & many chrome parts. Call me at 269-998-4840 any time if you want see it.

  2. We’re fortunate to have some of these GM engines. It was GM policy to destroy engines after testing, so many interesting engines are gone. Chrysler, on the other hand, sold their engines after testing. Setto Postonian’s pickup truck was often seen parked next to the dyno rooms as he picked up more hemi parts for his dragster.

  3. I just Whent to the heritage center & seen the engine display. Very neat but should be more info on ea engine. I have a 396 cutaway that I found. Did some research & found out my engine was in the 1965 Caprice that Whent to all the shows to introduce the new big block engine. Call me to get more info on it. @ 269-998-4840. Thanks Bob

  4. Thanks Cory! Give me the 455 twin turbo (we can put it in the Toronado GT and it will be a REAL GT!! And, I’ll take the Pratt & Whitney and we’ll put it in the Crossfire and see it light up! Thanks, Arrien.

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