We got a peek into GM’s secret Heritage Center collection, which this year is celebrating the company’s truck-building centenary with this awesome display
1926 Chevrolet Superior Series X
Base price: $650
Based on a passenger car, the Series X had a beefed-up frame to give it a one-ton capacity.
1928 Chevrolet Depot Hack
Base price: $700
With a wooden body, it was used to run freight and luggage to and from hotels and the train station. A precursor to the station wagons of the ’40s through the ’70s.
1933 Chevrolet Eagle
Base price: $650
A panel truck, it was built for light-duty deliveries with a ½-ton capacity. The “Blue Flame” six came with a three-speed manual transmission.
1936 Chevrolet Canopy Express
Base price: $710
With the looks of a “modern pickup,” the Express used stake holes to carry a soft-top cargo canopy.
1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall
Base price: $685
Designed to carry up to eight passengers, the Suburban was a mid-year redesign of a longer panel truck. This started the Suburban nameplate’s legacy, which continues to this day.
1946 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall
Base price: $930
The first post-war Suburban starts to take on modern proportions.
1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Base price: $1,670
This half-ton pickup birthed the “stepside” body style and is highly collectable today.
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
Base price: $2,470
This year marked the first appearance of the car-truck that would go on to become a Chevy icon, with five generations of trucks ending in 1987.
1960 Chevrolet Brasil Pickup
Built at GM’s truck plant in Brazil, this refurbished pickup was driven from Brazil to the Heritage Centre in Michigan in 2006 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the plant’s founding in South America.
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Series 95
Base price: $2,130
Based on the Corvair, the Series 95 was rear-engined with a forward cab. The Rampside model had a side door that dropped to the ground. Only 4,102 Series 95 pickups were built that year.
1967 Chevrolet El Camino
Base price: $2,604
Probably one of the most sought-after El Caminos, this ’67 features the big-block, Rallye wheels, and new taillights, grille, fenders, and hood.
1972 Chevrolet Suburban
Base price: $3,267
This Suburban was available with rear split doors or a tailgate; there was also a side freight door. Over 845,000 light trucks were built that year.
1975 Chevrolet C10
Base price: $3,000
The C10 was the best-selling truck in the industry to that point in time. It was available as a Stepside or Fleetside and with numerous trims and engines.
Warren, Michigan is a town best known as the home of the Ram truck assembly plant. Yet next door is a nondescript industrial building that houses a vehicle collection like none other—and, no, it’s not full of Chryslers.
The General Motors Heritage Centre building is completely unassuming, but your perspective changes entirely when you step through its doors. This facility – it’s not open to the public, sorry – houses the history of all the GM brands from Day One.
On the floor there are at any time around 160 cars and trucks, including concepts, one-offs, and experimental vehicles. In total the collection has over 700 historically significant vehicles housed in several buildings; however, they only get shown off here.
The pieces highlighted in this floor show, bathed in the glow of neon lights, is rotated, often changing for specific events or anniversaries. For instance, front and centre right now is an assortment of significant trucks, honouring the 100th anniversary of the first production GM truck being built in August of 1917.