To further preserve the wonderful cars housed inside of General Motors’ Heritage Collection, the automaker will 3D scan vehicles. The effort comes to further protect the special vehicles in case catastrophe were to strike, Automobile reported Wednesday.
The blue-light 3D scanning efforts began with the 1953 Firebird I gas turbine concept, which will be on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London next year. To ensure the car’s survival, the 3D scans will allow GM to completely recreate the car from the ground up, should something happen to the vehicle during its loan.
In total, the GM Heritage Center houses 600 vehicles with 150 of them on display.
“Mike Simcoe [design chief] challenged our organization to branch out into the documentation of the actual 3D objects that we have in our heritage collection,” Susan Skarsgard, a GM designer heading up the project told Automobile.
She also recalled a flood in the GM Design Center‘s basement years ago that nearly ruined an extensive photo archive.
“That collection was in the basement until almost nine months before we had the flood. So that whole collection would have been ruined if we hadn’t had the prescience to move it out,” Skarsgard added.
The process will ensure GM can replicate ever part and component found in any of the heritage cars, right down to the materials, paint colors and more.