Rare Car From Doraville GM Plant Sits In Federal Warehouse Published on Jun 16, 2011 Toggle Photo Panel Show Caption ( + )
Doraville Assembly was a hub of automotive technology and construction in the 1970s. Opened in 1947, it was shuttered three years ago, during the beginning of the economic recession. Show Caption ( + )
Doravilles special-run of 73 Impalas featured a rarity: Oldsmobile dashboard components in a Chevrolet car. Show Caption ( + )
This 1973 Chevrolet Impala was built at the Doraville Assembly Plant. Its the last remaining of a special, exclusive line of 73 Impalas, that were the first U.S. cars equipped with airbags. Show Caption ( + )
The car was recently shown at a U.S. Dept. of Transportation display on auto safety. Its estimated value is now $500,000. Show Caption ( + )
The airbags in the 73 Impala, though fully functional, did not gain popularity. The technology wasnt deployed widely again until the 1990s. Show Caption ( + )
No open roads for this historic automobile. Its maintained by the US Dept. of Transportation in a garage in Potomac, Md.