For the “Parade of Progress” event, General Motors has built twelve buses. Out of the twelve beauties is this unique retro-futuristic bus. Built by the design staff in 1940 under Harley Earl’s direction, this retro bus is a self-contained display and transport vehicle. Its features include opening sides, interior and exterior lighting, retractable stage, distinctive center ‘cupola’ cockpit driving position and dual wheel front axle. The retro-styled bus was used in the ‘Parade of Progress’ touring exhibit created by ‘Boss’ Kettering that complemented the GM ‘Motoramas’ from 1940 through 1956. This particular 1953 “Parade of Progress” Tour Bus is reportedly one of only three survivors restored to their Your browser may not support display of this image. original configuration. The new restored beauty is powered by a 400 cubic-inch GM gasoline truck engine and is fully equipped, including an onboard motor-generator and air-conditioning for the driver’s compartment.
A real beauty, it perfectly blends the past with the future.
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