Well, more precisely, the 1950 Futurliner is headed back to Barrett-Jackson; it was last sold at the very same auction in 2006 to its current owner, Ron Pratte. In his care, the bus was “re-restored” (if that’s a word), and is one of nine still known to exist, and one of three restored to its original “Parade of Progress” configuration.
“What’s the Parade of Progress,” you ask? Well, it was a traveling parade and showcase of then-emerging automobiles and other technologies, orchestrated by General Motors in the early 1940s, and again in the mid-1950s. The Art deco bus served as a self-contained display for items in the exhibition.
All of the proceeds from the auction of Ron Pratte’s 1950 GM Futurliner bus will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation – Mr. Pratte himself is a proud veteran, who served in Vietnam. When the bus last sold, back in 2006, it garnered a record-shattering $4 million plus premiums. We would hope – and bet – that its resale this weekend will secure even more than that to benefit current and past members of the armed forces, their families, and others who serve in the defense of the Futurliner’s motherland.