Advertising the future: General Motors Futurliners cars on the

Advertising the future: General Motors Futurliners cars on the "Progress Parade"

15 May 2020, 23:09
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In the 1940s, a parade was held in the United States that influenced the future history of General Motors. In an event called  Parade of progress there were 12 General Motors Futurliners that look like buses. They were taken around the country, demonstrating various technological innovations. The cars are equipped with jet engines, stereo systems, televisions and microwave ovens.

Initially, they were planned to be presented at the new York world's fair, but eventually included in the advertising column, which traveled along a route that included 150 stops. Each Futurliner received a streamlined art Deco body with red sides and a white roof. The project was suspended by world war II and resumed in 1953. Later, two cars were sent to the state police Department in Michigan, one purchased by a Christian televangelist, and several others were destroyed. In 2006, Futurliner #11 was purchased at an auction by Barrett-Jackson for $ 4 million. And in 2008, one copy was sent to Sweden to the new owner, Niklas Johnson, who began to restore the car.

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