Parade of Progress Futurliner. Only 12 were built. Only a handful exist. A few are restored. And we were lucky enough to shoot video of this amazing 1939 GM Futurliner that was originally used as a rolling display booth by General Motors.
The GM Futurliners were a group of custom vehicles, styled in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors, and integral to the company’s Parade of Progress—a North American traveling exhibition promoting future cars and technologies.
source/image(PrtSc): Eastwood Company
At 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, more than 11 feet tall, and weighing more than 12 tons, each Futurliner featured heavily stylized art deco, streamlined bodywork, deep red side and white roof paint, large articulated chrome side panels, a military-grade 302 cubic inch GMC straight-six gasoline engine and automatic transmission.
Whitewall tires and a prominent, high-mounted, centrally located driver command position with a panoramic windshield.Of the twelve original Futurliners, one was destroyed in a 1956 accident, and nine survive as of 2007.
Displayed the “Power for the Air Age” exhibit, featuring a cutaway Allison J-35 jet engine and passed through the Joe Bortz collection in the 1980s.