Some of these concepts have timeless, exciting forms, some are more of the “pulp-ish” and “sci-fi” variety, but they all invariably turned heads and excited onlookers in their time, and some still inspire designers today. Some of these buses were produced in limited numbers, some remained an artist’s dream, or a promotional brochure oddity.
(images via Futurliner.org) “Aye, Aye, Captain! Care to climb down to the ground and have a chat?” –
This is 1941 version of the legendary “GMC Futurliner” bus (or rather, an exhibition transport vehicle) 1950 GMC Futurliner “Bus” – more images here.
“One of only three survivors restored in their original ‘Parade of Progress’ configuration (the others are in long term ownership by NATMUS and Peter Pan Bus Lines), this Futurliner is fully functional and has toured Canada in corporate promotions. A matchless symbol of the American auto industry at the height of its power and influence.” (more of this unique concept see here)
(General Motors Motorama buses, an older model) Boarding the bus apparently was quite a colorful experience (witness all these happy people on their daily commute), back in 1939:
(image via) The Greyhound Liner had pretty comfortable seats: Some romance and colorful childhood memories, Greyhound-style:
These concepts of future Greyhound liners still look exciting today –
(image via) The concept above is similar to the other truck concepts of the period, for example, this BOHN futuristic truck (circa 1941):
(image credit: Arthur Radebaugh) “The Flying Bus” was also on the menu:
(image via) What’s the ugliest vintage bus, then?.. Well, here is one contender to this title: the MTCO-800 monster from Montreal: Modern Bus & Truck Concepts The Isuzu Corporation published a “concept art” calendar with some great designs:
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Greetings. I have a 1959 Eshelman pass-through USPS 3 wheel (1F2R) mail cart which preceded the Cushman units that were able to continent to provide these units where Eshelman bowed out due to profit ratios. I now what to put a Futurliner body on my 33′ truck chassis. Who built the fiberglass Fututliner that GM has or where can I get a copy of CAD modeling which has already be done in Smart something program. Thank you. Frank Carpinelli, Easton Pa USA
Good luck on your research!