1940 GM Futurliner No. 10

1940 GM Futurliner No. 10

HAER Number

IN- 114

Location

Auburn, IN

Date(s) of Construction

Summer 1940

Original Owner and Use

General Motors

Display and promotion with the Parade of Progress

Present Owner and Use

National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATM)

Display and exhibition

Designer / Engineer / Builder

General Motors Industrial Design and Exhibit Department – Design
General Motors Research Laboratories Division – Engineering
GMC Truck and Coach Division and Fisher Body Division – Builders

The GM Futurliner, known as Futurliner No. 10, is nationally significant based on three criteria. First, Futurliner No. 10 is associated with important events in automotive and American history. It was one of twelve Futurliners used for the General Motors Corporation (GM) “Parade of Progress” mobile science and technology exhibition in 1941 and 1953 to 1956. Futurliner No. 10 and the Parade of Progress traveled to almost 200 cities in the United States and Canada, and was attended by 11 million people. Secondly, the Futurliner exhibits significant design and construction value. Futurliner No. 10, and the additional Futurliners were custom-built for the Parade of Progress. Their design incorporated innovative styling, engineering and a space for the Parade’s exhibits. Lastly, the Futurliner offers informational value as one of only nine remaining vehicles and the first to have been restored in a manner that is authentic to its 1953 to 1956 period of use in the GM Parade of Progress.

The period of significance for Futurliner No. 10 was during its construction and use by General Motors for the Parade of Progress from 1940 to 1956.

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