Mecum Auctions | 19-Nov-2016 | Anaheim 2016 | Venue : Anaheim Convention Center 800 West Katella Avenue Anaheim, CA 92802
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : S127
Year : 1941
Engine Size : 855/230 HP
Colour : Red/White
Interior : Tan
Chassis No. : # ADF859009
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
Custom one-off Futurliner Vehicle Carrier
236 inch wheelbase
Original Futurliner Cab with GM lettering on cab nose
Converted to tilt cab
NTC 855/230 HP Cummins Diesel engine
Allison 600 series 6-speed transmission
20,000 lb air-sprung axles front and rear
Rear clamshell bed access
Hidden folding hydraulic ramps
29 feet of bed
Air conditioning
200 gallon fuel capacity
Train horn
12,500 watt Onan generator
240 volt flood lights

lk, this one would likely tell tales that car guys and historians would salivate over. The Futurliners were initially built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, but later used in GM’s Parade of Progress caravan, frequenting 150 stops across the USA and Canada piloted and staffed by college students. Each of the 12 Futurliners built had a stage and light tower and would feature information on a given subject like jet travel, agriculture, traffic engineering, stereos, televisions and microwave ovens to name a few. The Parade was suspended for World War II, but resumed in 1953 after GM refurbished the Futurliners. One Futurliner exhibited a display called “A Car is Born” demonstrating a miniaturized automobile assembly line in 1955. Ironically, the growing influence of television supplanted the Futurliners and the Parade of Progress in 1956 – ironic because television technology was a promotional topic of the Futurliners. This is Futurliner No. 5, which was converted to be a vehicle carrier and is the only example of the nine remaining to have been restored for such duty. The original engine was replaced with a more potent NTC 855/230 HP Cummins diesel with an Allison 600-series 6-speed transmission. Painted in proper GM Futurliner Parade of Progress colors, this vehicle carrier features a 29-foot bed with rear clamshell access doors, wooden load floors and hidden folding hydraulic ramps. The original cab has been modified as a tilting cab. Modern 20,000-lb air-sprung front and rear axles support the vehicle. Featuring a train horn, 240-volt flood lights, a 12,500 Watt Onan generator, a 200 gallon fuel capacity and air conditioning it would be difficult to find a more unique way to take a car to a car show.