General Motors built the Futurliner to promote a traveling show called the "GM Parade of Progress" in the 1940s and '50s. The slippery-lined bus, which was penned by the legendary Harley Earl, is one of 12 that traveled the U.S. to show Americans the future of motoring and technology.

GM Futurliner #10, which was fully restored in 2007, recently made a trip out to the Pontiac Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. The 30-ton, 33-foot-long bus was on display at the event, but that didn't mean that the massive antique wasn't allowed to also take a whack at the quarter mile. The 70-year-old sign of progress didn't exactly light up the tarmac, but it can hold its head up high for even finishing the run. The final time? 48 seconds at 28 mph.

Follow the jump to watch the Futurliner in (slow) motion. And no, your YouTube connection isn't running poorly... the Futurliner is powered a four-cylinder diesel engine (30 tons!) and only has a top speed of 40 miles per hour.



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      TheBengine
      • 3 Years Ago
      So this article has the wrong 1/4mi time, the wrong engine, the wrong vehicle weight. Should have just posted the video without text.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      The record 400m (402m = 1/4 mile) dash is 43.18 seconds. An Olympic sprinter could beat this thing on foot. That would be an awesome race.
        flammablewater
        • 3 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Oh it's not 48 seconds (as currently stated in the article), it's 41. It would still be a close race.
      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok so you definitely won't win races, but its still one of the coolest most unique vehicles. Want to see one in person someday.
      Raymond
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is a cool old bus from the 30's why some morons would be comparing it to anything is just plain stupid. Who cares about quarter miles times it is just a cool antique .
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hah! And I used to run the 1/4 in 57 seconds in high school, my 60 foot time would probably rock this bus.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahh the future.
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      30 tons = 60,000 lbs
        dbhinnant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ijardine
        It weighs 15 tons (30,000lbs.) More info can be found here: http://www.futurliner.com/index.html
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still has a better power to weight than a harley davidson.
        James FF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Maybe if you were riding it.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        LOLWUT? A harley has a better power to weight ratio than a good number of sportscars and exotics. I doubt this bus can touch it.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok. The whole "like a boss" saying is getting old pretty quickly.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The only time it is even remotely interesting would be in context to a Boss Mustang or something. Considering that they capitalized the B in Boss, I was almost expecting the Futurliner to run a quarter mile against a Boss 302! It would need 4000hp to be competititve though.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Where does that line come from, anyway?
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Like Easy_Eight mentioned, it originated in a Lonely Island video. It was funny at first, but like all internet memes, it got old quick. Especially when the mainstream media/press starts using it. Then again, that's the level modern-day journalism has stooped to. *sigh*
          Easy_Eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Lonely Island..
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Stang70Fastback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Our 30 ton articulated bus is powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine... ...it moves a lot faster than that.
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