Sloan Museum's Buick Automotive Gallery and Research Center typically features 20 classic and concept Buicks, Chevrolets and other locally built automobiles. The Buick Automotive Gallery is also home to the Sloan Museum's Perry Archives. Here we house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The Archives are open to the public by appointment.
Admission to Buick Gallery includes admission to Sloan Museum.
Experimental cars are exactly that; an experiment. From the start, these conceptual vehicles allowed automakers to flex their creative muscles. These projects freed designers and engineers from the constraints of convention and affordability to serve as a gauge for public interest in far out design aesthetics and expensive, new-fangled technology. The earliest experimental cars acted as a visual mission statement, a masterwork to which other designers and engineers should aspire. Some were so forward thinking that in one case, a technology introduced in a General Motors “Dream Car” proved to be 52 years ahead of its time.