Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1950 GM Futurliner

One of only 12 built by General Motors, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl's direction.

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1950 GM Futurliner | Barrett-Jackson photo

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection

Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January.

One of only 12 built by General Motors, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl’s direction. It was the centerpiece of the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit that complemented the GM “Motoramas” from 1940 through 1956.

One of only three survivors restored in their original “Parade of Progress” configuration, this Futurliner underwent a comprehensive re-restoration after Ron Pratte purchased it as a fully restored example in 2006. It is fully functional and toured Canada in corporate promotions before it became a part of the Ron Pratte collection. It is a symbol of the American auto industry at the height of its power and influence.

This 1950 General Motors Futurliner (Lot #2501) is scheduled to cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, January 17.

 

The Ron Pratte Collection will begin being auctioned at the 44th Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction with automobilia from Saturday, January 10 at 9 a.m. (MST) through Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Prattes vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 Saturday, January 17.

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