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39136Re: [classicrv] Futurliner from RVTRAVEL

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  • JerryK
    Jun 21, 2014
      I was able to see and tour one or more of these when they were on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Inside the one I remember most they had a animated map/scene of a country cross roads.  Portions of the map would turn over to reveal the same intersection as it evolved over the years.  There were several scene changes and eventually ended up with a modern (for that time) expressway inter-change scene.

      On Saturday, June 21, 2014 8:36 AM, "bestsharp@... [classicrv]" <classicrv@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


      Futureliner: A retro blast from the 40s

      Barnett-Jackson Auctions

      In the 1940s, General Motors rolled out a series of truly futuristic buses designed by Harley Earl. These buses were part of GMs promotional work called the Parade of Progress. Each Futureliner focused on the, "How far we've come" theme, showing off advances in technology like microwave ovens, televisions, stereo sound, even jet engines.

      Doug Coldwell on wikimedia.org
      A total of 12 Futureliners were built, and were on the road for the Parade of Progress from 1940 to 1941, and after the war, made another sprint through the U.S., from 1953 to 1956. When GM called an end to the parade, where would the Futureliners go? Two of them went to the Michigan State Police, who dubbed them "Safetyliners" to promote highway safety. Oral Roberts snagged one to use as a backdrop for crusades. One never made to the end of the parade – crashing as a total loss in 1956.

      Doug Coldwell on wikimedia.org
      Bus Number Nine in the series was snapped up and converted to a motorhome. Can you imagine the fuss you'd make, rolling into a campground in a Futureliner motorhome, and leaning on that big airhorn? Well, here's your chance. Barrett-Jackson Auctioneers will be selling one in their 2015 auction cycle. This same outfit had the distinction of selling one of its littermates back in 2006 for a company record-breaking price of over $4 million.


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