Tuesday, October 13, 2009

General Motors Futurliner now at the Museum of Bus Transportation – It began with the Streamliner and GM’s 1936 Parade of Progress, the brainchild of inventor Charles F. Kettering. The show was a tremendous success. Redesigned in 1941 and again in 1953, the 12 Futurliners and its band of Paraders were ready to hit the road, set up shop in a town near you, and showcase the marvels of science. Of the original 12 built, 9 have been found, 2 are being used for parts, 1 is for sale, and 1 is being lovingly restored by a group of volunteers.

The Futurliner is an imposing vehicle, 33 feet long, 8 feet wide and standing 11 feet 7 inches tall at the top of the driver’s canopy. The driver’s eyes are about 10 feet off the ground and in front of the axle. Dual tires on both the front and rear axles were another unique Futurliner feature that made power steering a necessity. Power was provided by a 302 cubic inch inline six-cylinder GMC gasoline engine driving a four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission.

We are happy to have the Futurliner winter-over at the Museum of Bus Transportation. It is here opposite the Golden Eagle until the Spring. Don’t miss seeing it!


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