One of the last remaining General Motors Futurliner busses failed to live up to expectations at auction. Bidding on the restored machine started at $500,000, but after a week on eBay Motors, bidders had only managed to turn the volume up to $505,600. That's a tall stack of cash, but still well below the owners' reserve and under the estimates that said the Futurliner would fetch into the millions of dollars. Of the 12 original busses, only a handful remain, and one example recently brought home $4.1 million at Barrett-Jackson.

This auction was supposed to break all previous eBay Motors records.

What kept this particular piece of history from drawing similar money? It's difficult to tell. Maybe the previous auction was over-inflated or maybe there are only so many collectors out there with the means to care for a 33-foot long, 12-foot-tall beast of this nature. Perhaps part of the high-stakes bidding fun is being there live with the cameras rolling.

At this point, it's unclear whether the owners will hold onto their Futurliner for a little longer or if we'll see it under the gavel one more time.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      NicksGarage
      • 3 Years Ago
      The one at B-J was a pissing contest between two rich guys, not an indication of actual value. While neat, not the easiest thing to add to your collection. I'd convert it to a motorhome with slides behind the display sides and go camping at the KOA.
      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe because it's ugly and really not as desirable as Autoblog made it out to be? I remember all the comments on here that it would hardly get any attention, and yet all these people insisted that this monstrosity was some sort of priceless national treasure. Please. Like NicksGarage said, the other one was ego-inflated, there is nothing really too special about this thing. It's kinda cool in a way but hardly worth millions. I'm surprised someone was willing to pay over 500k for it.
      bleexeo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It didn't sell because it's a rip-off and useless piece of crap.
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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      This one didn't command a whole lot because it's the one that was owned by Peter Pan Bus Lines, and had been converted to turbodiesel power. It would be worth more if it were still running the original GMC gas engine. The Futurliners are way cool, but there's not a huge market for them.
        Jeff Glucker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Excellent point. Still, it's a pretty amazing piece of automotive history... I wouldn't be surprised if this failed auction turns into a successful private party sale.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's an impractical and not-even-museum-quality POS.
      DivisibleByZer0
      • 3 Years Ago
      *cough* market correction *cough*
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dwhite
        • 3 Years Ago
        It didn't sell, the reserve was not met.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        America's history? How so...it's just a big bus that at the time had lots of cool tech on it...I mean it's really not too special.
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who the hell would spend $500K on this POS. IT"S A F'KEN POS GENERIC CRAP. ONLY STUPID FAN BOI'S YOUR FAGGOT, UGLY GEEKING ASS!!!
      Pete
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who in hell wants a mobile stage?????????? I thought it was a future RV of the period.........
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      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well its not like this thing doesn't have a home. It's not like it's going to the scrapper if it doesn't get sold. A cool piece of history for sure. I miss the American Crossroads Futurliner they used to have at the Museum of Science and Industry. It was an animated display and covered 50 years of progress of a town. It was pretty cool. It's now at the GM Heritage Center. http://www.futurliner.com/cross_r.htm
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