August 19, 2016
So much is certain: This unique exhibit will tower over Hall 18 at the MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin classic car trade fair – and not just because of its size. The GM Futurliner from 1939 will be on display in Germany’s capital city for the very first time. Number 9 of a total of twelve that were built, the futuristic bus was part of the “Parade of Progress”, which General Motors sent on tour around the United States between 1941 to 1956 to demonstrate modern technology to the population. The Futurliner presented here by ChromeCars Automotive Archaeologists is the only roadworthy example anywhere in Europe, and one of only nine such vehicles known to exist in the world.
Twelve Futurliners were built by the Yellow Truck and Coach Company in Pontiac, Michigan, between 1939 and 1941. The designs originated from General Motors design boss Harley Earl. As part of the Parade of Progress, the futuristic buses were intended to demonstrate new technologies, such as microwave ovens and televisions, to the U.S. population. 32 other vehicles belonged to the Parade’s retinue, which went on tour for the first time in 1941, before being interrupted by the Second World War. The Parade visited a total of 251 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, giving around 11 million people a glimpse of the achievements of technological progress. One of the Futurliners was a write-off after an accident during the last Parade in 1956, while the other 11 were donated or cannibalized by GM, and largely vanished into obscurity.
The # 9
Today, only nine of these still futuristic-looking vehicles are known to exist. At 10 metres long, 2.5 metres wide, 3.6 metres high, and with a tare weight of 13.5 tonnes, the Futurliners are veritable behemoths. The # 9 displayed by ChromeCars was used as a reception vehicle for the Parade of Progress. Today, after a thrilling new life and extensive restoration, it is the only roadworthy Futurliner anywhere in Europe.
Whether from the outside or inside – the # 9 is meanwhile fitted with a stylish Art Deco bar. Visitors should make a point of casting their eyes over this powerful and magnificent vehicle in the historic Exhibition Hall 18 at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin 2016 on 6-9 October. And this will not be the only highlight to make it worth while visiting the classic car trade fair in the style of the good old days…
More details about the GM Futurliner # 9:
MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin at a glance
Classic cars and enthusiasts’ vehicles, cars from the years of the post-war Economic Miracle, together with modern classics and classic motorcycles, will be on show on October 6-9, 2016, in the historical surroundings of the Berlin ExpoCenter (in Halls 11 to 20 and the summer garden). National and international automotive manufacturers with historical roots, leading dealers, technology specialists for automotive rarities, vendors of accessories and trimmings, together with numerous dedicated classic car clubs and private sellers, will be presenting and selling their products and services. The annual classic car trade fair is organised by MoWo Messe- und Veranstaltungs GmbH & Co. KG and Messe Berlin GmbH.
• Opening press conference:
On 06.10.2016 at 11 a.m., Empore Palais at the Funkturm, Berlin ExpoCenter
• Online mdeia accreditation:
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