Filed under: Classics, GM, Concept Cars
We couldn’t even begin to count all the concept cars that General Motors has made over the years, but what we do know is that few have carried the kind of legend that the Futurliners have. Of the dozen such buses GM made, No. 10 (similar to the one pictured here) has arguably had the most coloured history, but now it’s finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves.
The tenth Futurliner toured the country as part of GM’s Parade of Progress in 1940 before being “retired,” but the 12-ton (12,000 kilogram), 33-foot (10-metre) behemoth lived a rich life after its initial tour of duty. It had its engine and some of its bodywork replaced, and in the 1950s went back on tour across 35 states and three Canadian provinces. It subsequently changed hands time and time again, bouncing from the Michigan State Police to a musician, a brewery, a restaurant and a handful of museums, but now it’s found what could be its final resting place.
Following an eight-year restoration, it’s going on display at the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States in Auburn, Indiana, and has earned its place in the National Historic Vehicle Register, with its documentation and photography to be cataloged with the Library of Congress. Read the full story of the most storied of the Futurliners over at Hemmings Daily.
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