Parade of Progress

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GM Futurliner

The GM Futurliner was a custom bus designed in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors. It was an integral part of GM’s Parade of Progress, a traveling exhibition that promoted new cars and technology across the United States from 1940 to 1941 and again from 1953 to 1956. Each Futurliner was 33 feet long, eight feet wide, over 11 feet tall, and tipped the scale at more than 12 tons. It featured heavily stylized Art Deco, a 302-cu.in. GMC straight-six gasoline engine, automatic transmission, red side and white roof paint, huge articulated chrome side panels, whitewall tires, a panoramic windshield, and a high-mounted, centrally located driver command position. A total of 12 Futurliners were built and as of 2007, nine are still known to exist.

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