The GM Futurliners were a group of stylized buses designed in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors. They were used in GM’s Parade of Progress, which traveled the United States exhibiting 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 were still known to exist as of 2007.
Each Futurliner displayed modern advances in science and technology such as jet engines, stereophonic sound, microwave ovens,television and many other modern innovations of the time.
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.
Top Speed:65 km/h (40 mph)