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General Motors built 12 Futurliners for the three-year futurama road show in the early 1940s known as the "Parade of Progress." Nine of them still exist, and one would think that in a world where we can use a carbon molecule to divine the birth date of a dinosaur and have tiny robots sorting out our feng shui on Mars, we could keep track of nine vehicles. Yet according to an article on Hemmings Daily, that's not the case; the nine extant Futurliners have been through so many hands and/or so much part-swapping and neglect that it's, so far, impossible to be certain about the provenance of each.

The Hemmings piece does its best to assign a number to each and recount their histories based on the exhibits they housed for the "Parade of Progress." Nevertheless, at the end of the investigation there are still loose ends, like what happened to the other three and why two of the known models can claim to be the Number 7 Futurliner. Head over to Hemmings to read the fascinating whole story.


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      collabplan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm waiting for a bunch of USR NS5's to come pouring out of the sides of this rig....
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one of these on the freeway! It's so unique-looking, a 1930's/40's idea of futuristic truck... so cool, looks more like a locomotive. The driver's compartment is ludicrously high up, this thing absolutely towers over you in person!
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I imagine there weren't an awful lot of records kept on the Futurliners to begin with, and that most of those have been lost over the years. I dig the Futurliners and always enjoy reading about them, and I'd like to hope there's at least one of the 1930s pre-Futurliners out there somewhere.
      wilkegm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me, of would it be a sin not base a character for the Pixar "Cars" franchise on one of these?
      collabplan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, we know at least one of them changed hands a few years back at that monument to douchbaggery, Barrett-Jackson.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is freaking awesome. If anyone can find them Wayne Carini can.
      JamesJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought they had dully tires in the front.
      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      shades of the mamoth car from Speed Racer, just string all of them together!
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kind of looks like the Santa Fe (train)
      rezore
      • 2 Years Ago
      ''and one would think that in a world where we can use a carbon molecule to divine the birth date of a dinosaur and have tiny robots sorting out our feng shui on Mars, '' Never heard it being put like that. Kind of makes one chuckle.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      WTF cares? These things look like something a Guild Navigator would travel in in Dune..
      otiswild
      • 2 Years Ago
      Herkimer battle jitney?
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