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Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, is showing off his “new” 1954 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in this year’s Dream Cruise.

Reuss drove to a WWJ event in Royal Oak Thursday in the vintage ’Vette he bought about a year ago in St. Louis. Following a question-and-answer session, IndyCar racer Helio Castroneves pointed out to Reuss he was missing a screw on his headlamp cover. That got the two talking and Reuss showed him the car, allowing Castroneves to sit in the front seat. The racer’s reaction: Woohoo!

Reuss said he had always wanted an older Corvette, but they are pricey because they are so rare. Reuss said this one needed some mechanical work so he was able to buy it and work on it. Just a few weeks ago he finished the interior.

The GM executive said he will cruise Woodward this week in the car, and on Saturday will drive it to the Back to the Bricks car show in Flint.

“This is a beautiful car,” he said. “It’s not a fast car.”

Reuss described Dream Cruise as the core of what is done in Michigan. He said people get to see some of the oldest classics and some of the newest and most advanced vehicles.

“You’ll see the whole history of the automobile right here on Woodward,” he said.

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