Saturday, April 19, 2008

1953 GM Futurliner Finds Home in Man's Garage

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Benny Myers surveyed the huge creation parked in his garage, struggling to find words to describe it.

"It was," he finally managed, "somebody's concept of what the future was going to be like."

The Salisbury Post reported that the monolith that briefly occupied space in Myers' garage off Briggs Road is a 1953 GM Futurliner. It was one of 12 (this being the 10th to roll off the assembly line) produced by General Motors in the 1940s and 1950s.

The vehicles which measure almost 12 feet tall and stretch from here to a week from Friday were curiosities produced to participate in a Parade of Progress through which advances in science and technology were touted.

Those advances included jet engines, stereophonic sound, microwave ovens, televisions and other modern marvels. (This was, remember, a parade that rolled into town more than 50 years ago.)

Twelve Futurliners and 32 support vehicles toured the country from coast to coast in the 1940s and '50s. The Parade of Progress was discontinued after 1956, falling victim to one of those marvels it featured... the television.
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