RM Auctions: Historic GM Futurliner Bus Leads Parade of Collector Cars at ‘Auburn Spring’ Event

By Auto News Log • February 23rd, 2011

• Auctions America by RM to present inaugural ‘Auburn Spring’ collector car auction May 12-15, 2011

• A rare GM Futurliner bus is an early featured lot

• Highly-regarded Carlisle Events to host its first swap meet and car corral outside of Pennsylvania

AUBURN, Ind. − An unrestored Futurliner bus from GM’s ‘Parade of Progress’ of the 1940s and ‘50s is an early star consignment for the expected roster of 1,000 quality motor cars and motorcycles going up for bids when Auctions America by RM opens the gates at its famous 235-acre Auburn Auction Park May 12 – 15 for its inaugural Auburn Spring event.

To add to the weekend’s excitement, the park grounds will be buzzing with the hundreds of vendors who will set up shop on the swap meet field and in the car corral, coordinated by the respected Pennsylvania-based Carlisle Events.

“It’s been a long, hard winter, but spring fever is about to hit the Midwest and we’re ready to put on a not-to-be-missed show with our new partner, Carlisle Events,” said Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM. “Automotive enthusiasts can look forward to this first Auburn Spring event becoming a permanent fixture on the collector car calendar year over year.”

Lance Miller, partner of Carlisle Events added, “It’s been an exciting first quarter for Carlisle Events and our new partnership with Auctions America. Auburn Spring is our first event in the Auburn Auction Park and together we look forward to growing both the spring and fall events to be the Midwest automotive destination to buy, sell, trade, and consign with confidence.”

An unrestored GM Futurliner bus, one of 12 built and eight known to still exist, is going under the hammer in Auburn with an auction estimate of $450,000 to $600,000. In highly original condition, it has recently been equipped with eight new tires, a new plexiglass windshield and all-new rubber and metal siding.

These futuristically-styled buses, measuring 11 feet high and 33 feet long, were designed by Harley Earl and originally built in 1940 and refurbished in the early 1950s. They travelled the highways and byways of the United States to demonstrate General Motors’ new automobiles and technology to American consumers.

As a bonus, the faithfully restored Futurliner from the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) collection will be on exhibit at the event. Automotive archaeologist, Joe Bortz – known for rescuing five Futurliners from destruction in the early 1980s and responsible for donating this particular bus to NATMUS – will be on hand for demonstrations over the course of the weekend. AuburnSpring represents the first time that a restored and unrestored example of these iconic machines is together on public display.

“These Futurliner buses represent the largest artifacts remaining from GM’s great Motorama era and hold a significant place in American automotive history,” said Joe Bortz.

For complete event and consignment information for Auburn Spring, please call Auctions America by RM on +1 260-927-9797 or visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

Photo caption:

GM Futurliner Bus courtesy of Auctions America by RM

About Auctions America by RM:

Auctions America by RM was formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of the world’s largest collector car auction house, RM Auctions. It is headquartered in Auburn, Indiana at its 235-acre Auburn Auction Park and will host five multi-day events in 2011. The Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles.

About Carlisle Events:

Carlisle Events, host of 10 annual collector car, truck and motorcycle events, attracts more than half a million people to its 150-acre facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania each year. Included in the annual events schedule are two automotive swap meets and auctions –Spring and Fall – and individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, sport compacts and imports. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, the “Cars at Carlisle” events attract automotive enthusiasts from around the world. Information about Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions is available to consumers via the Internet at www.CarlisleEvents.com andwww.CarlisleAuctions.com.

For further information, hi-res images and interview opportunities please contact:

Kerrey Kerr-Enskat
kerrey@auctionsamerica.com
+1 818 577 7214

Chris Hann
chrish@carlisleevents.com
+1 717 243 7855 xt 123

Source: RM Auctions

 

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