Restored Futurliner #10 in 2007
|Built By:||GMC Truck and Fisher Coach & Body.|
|Height:||3.5 metres (11 feet 7 inches)|
|Width:||2.4 metres (8 feet)|
|Length:||10 metres (33 feet)|
|Wheelbase:||6.3 metres (20 feet 8 inches)|
|Weight:||13 tons (30,000 pounds) (approx)|
|Fuel Capacity:||340 litres (90 gallons) (2 45 gallon tanks)|
|Powertrain(1940-1946):||4 cylinder diesel/manual transmission|
|Power Train (1953-1956):||6 cylinder (302 cubic inch)/4 speed hydramatic plus 2 speed manual gearbox|
|Top Speed:||65 km/h (40 mph)|
The GM Futurliners were a group of stylized buses designed in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors. They were used in their Parade of Progress, which traveled the US showing new cars and technology. The Futurliners were used from 1940 to 1941 and again from 1953 to 1956. A total of 12 were built, and 9 are still known to exist as of 2007.
The Parade of Progress was halted by World War II. The vehicles were refurbished by GM and the Parade resumed in 1953-only to be discontinued permanently in 1956 as a victim to one of the very technologies the Futurliners had featured: television.
Besides the twelve Futurliners, the Parade of Progress included 32 support vehicles.
Two Futurliners were donated by GM to the Michigan State Police. Rechristened as "Safetyliners", they were used to promote safety on the roads.
At least one Futurliner was purchased by Oral Roberts and used as a portable stage during evangelical crusades of the 1960s. This vehicle may have been taken to Central or South America.
Futurliner #10 is believed to be the most accurately restored of the Futurliners.
Of the other seven known surviving Futurliners, one is used as a motorhome and 2 in advertising. The other four are generally beyond a restorable condition.
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