Rare GM Futurliner bus set for Indiana auction in May

James Raia

A unrestored Futurliner bus from General Motors “Parade of Progress” of the 1940s and ‘50s is among the early consignments for the expected roster of 1,000 cars and motorcycles available May 12-15 in Auctions America by RM at Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana.

The Futurliner bus, one of 12 built and eight known in existence, has an estimated value of $450,000 to $600,000. In highly original condition, it has recently been equipped with eight new tires, a new plexiglass windshield and all-new rubber and metal siding.

These futuristically styled buses, measuring 11 feet high and 33 feet long, were designed by Harley Earl and originally built in 1940 and refurbished in the early 1950s. They traveled the highways and byways of the United States to demonstrate General Motors’ new automobiles and technology to American consumers.

As a bonus, the faithfully restored Futurliner from the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) collection will be on exhibit at the event.

For complete event and consignment information for Auburn Spring, phone Auctions America by RM, 260-927-9797 or visit: www.auctionsamerica.com.

Article Last Updated: May 31, 2013.

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