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 colored history, but now it's finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves.
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Among what appears to be many interests, Brad Boyajian spends much of his time restoring trucks and buses. And among them, Boyajian counts restorations of one of the mightiest buses of them all: the General Motors Futurliner. Twelve of the GM battle jitneys were built for the Parade of Progress in the early forties, nine are known to exist. When one ended up on Boyajian's doorstep in 2002, it didn't come with enough parts for him to be able to restore it - and he planned to cannibalize what he c
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
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.
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
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