Futurliner #3, part of the Dennis Albaugh collection, will make a special appearance at the Goodguys 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, June 29-July 1 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The restoration of Futurliner #3 was the subject of two episodes of the Velocity Channel show Bitchin’ Rides. Dave Kindig and the team at Kindig-It pulled off a masterful restoration of this amazing vehicle. Number 3 underwent a 19-month restoration in 2013–2014, intended to be the most complete and period-correct restoration of all that have been attempted so far.
The GM Futurliners were a group of custom vehicles, styled in the 1940’s by Harley Earl for General Motors and an integral part of the company’s Parade of Progress-a North American traveling exhibit promoting future cars and technologies. At 33 feet long,8 feet wide, and more than 11 feet tall and weighing more than 12 tons, each Futurliner featured heavily stylized Art Deco, streamlined body work, deep red side and white roof pain, large articulated chrome side panels and a military-grade 302 cubic inch GM straight six gasoline engine with an automatic transmission.
Of the 12 original Futurliners, one was destroyed in an accident in 1956 and nine others survive as of 2007. Head out to the 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals to check out this piece of automotive history. Click HERE for tickets and event details.