The most interesting product of the Parade of Progress was the vehicle that transported the parade, itself. With a futuristic design, similar to a modern locomotive, it was names Futurliner and nicknamed "Red Elephant", because of its colour. From the 12 copies of this gorgeous vehicle, only one survived; the others have suffered various transformations and restaurations.
The Futurliner proved itself to be problematic from the get go, from a mechanical point of view, especially when it came to the brakes. Its strong suits lay essentially in its bold lines, designed by Harley Earl. Built entirely out of aluminium over a wooden structure, it was, in spite of being 10-metre long, fairly light. The piloting post was similar to that of a plane, in its superior part. The first version actually included a cabin, that was later substituted, because of the excessive heating in its interior.
Two front doors, below the cabin, gave way to the interior of the vehicle. In its front, the letters GM shined day and night, and could be lighted with the central headlights. Large lateral panels could be opened to make way for a sliding platform that could be used as a stage. Above, on the roof, a telescope system had a battery of spotlights. To feed all these technological gadgets, each Futurliner had its own power generator.
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