The GM Futurliner, a ‘40s-era driving concept from General Motors’ Parade of Progress, is set to make an appearance at the Wings and Wheels event at the Willow Run Airport in June.
For those readers who may not know, the GM Futurliners were concept vehicles styled by Harley Earl as part of the General Motors’ Parade of Progress, an exhibition of futuristic technologies and engineering that visited towns and communities across North America, with lectures and demonstrations showing off things like radar, television, and a jet engine. The Parade was staffed by recent college graduates, who also drove the vehicles and set up the exhibits when the parade arrived in town.
The GM Futurliners were originally produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In total, 12 GM Futurliners were built, each 33 feet long, eight feet wide, and over 11 feet tall. Nine examples are believed to have survived as of 2007. The exterior design was influenced by art deco styling, with chrome siding and red paint, plus a streamlined shape and high driving position. The original vehicles powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine and manual transmission, and later models powered by a straight six-cylinder gasoline engine and automatic transmission. The Futurliners also contain mechanically animated exhibits.
Now, a GM Futurliner is set to make an appearance at the Wings and Wheels event at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, presented by The Yankee Air Museum. The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 13th. The event will also feature dozens of classic cars and historic aircraft, which should make for a perfect fit for the classic GM Futurliner. Advance tickets are $20 through the Yankee Air Museum website, and $25 on the day of the event. Kids aged 15 and under are admitted free. Participants interested in showing their car or truck can apply through an online application on the event website linked below.
Source: Yankee Air Museum