• Jan 27, 2008
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The last Barrett-Jackson auction to really offer a true sense of spectacle and palpable entertainment value was the 2006 edition. A number of interesting cars crossed the block that year, but nothing could top the absolute insanity that took hold in Westworld when the red "Parade of Progress" GM Futurliner went up. The owners of that towering piece of Art Deco automotive sculpture were hoping it'd bring $600,000 or so. Then a bidding war ensued, and supercollector Ron Pratte was the last man standing after parting with $4,100,000. Even through the TV, you could feel the bedlam in the tent as the crowd rocked the joint like it was Madison Square Garden. Contrast that to this year's edition, where you got the feeling that attendees were practically begged to bid up feature lots like Robosaurus.

Maybe if this Futurliner had made the trip to Arizona last week, things would have been more exciting. Instead of B-J, however, it's up on eBay. Finished in red, white, and blue with a nifty star motif on the blue panels, this Parade of Progress bus is every bit as impressive as the sister ship that brought in all that money two years ago. The result of a 20-year restoration project, this Futurliner is outfitted with a snazzy interior complete with an 8-foot bar, rear lounge, custom light fixtures, and beautifully detailed stainless trim on the ceiling and bar facing. The current bid is over $1,000,000 and the reserve, unsurprisingly, has not been met. As gorgeous as it is rare, the eventual buyer of this bus will own something truly special. Excuse us while we check our lottery tickets to see if the ultimate road-trip vehicle is now within our means. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: eBay]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      What's with the modern sinks and plumbing and TV? "Restoration" looks a little lame from here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. That square sink doesn't fit the period, and the tv is way out of place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      But you could make this into a Herkimer Battle Jitney! (From the movie "Mystery Men")

      http://www.preview-online.com/nov_dec/feature_articles/mysterymen/mysterymen3.html

      http://www.spagthorpe.com/production/mastiff.html
      (halfway down the page)

      Sorry, no good images
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even if I had the money 4 million seems a bit much. I have seen these before and it is awesome for sure and I probably would have converted it as well because the original were just a traveling show vehicle not meant for living in. I think I would also like it in stainless steel color.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The real question here is how eco-friendly it is. Now, will it run on bio-diesel, or is it E-85 ready? Really stupid people demand to know! As far as it being worth +4 mil, who cares. If you don't have millions, you don't care. And, if you do have millions, you don't care either. Think about it. It's as simple as that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks... top heavy
        • 7 Years Ago
        do you see the owner driving around corners fast enough for this to be an issue? and its probably heavy enough that a cross-wind wouldn't even phase it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The opportunity cost associated with buying crap like this astounds me. Would any of you guys spend 4.1m on something like this even if you had practically everything you needed?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Would any of you guys spend 4.1m on something like this even if you had practically everything you needed?"

        Yes, but only if I already owned everything I needed. But I consider it a moot question as I'm not in a position to part with $1,000,000+ for a 1939 deco-styled bus.

        No one "needs" to own this. No one. But there should be at least one of these in a museum somewhere (the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's transportation hall would be a good fit) in the nation so folks could visit and appreciate this rolling sculpture from a bygone era.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ebay auction looks a bit suspicious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It should be in a junk yard waiting to be crushed and melted down. Anyone that would part with $4m for this is out of their mind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      definately historical. Even if its junk. Crazier than a shelby mustang or a hemi original.
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