GM Futurliner Restoration Project
National Automotive and Truck Museum of
the United States
Roberts Cathedral Cruiser
This animated display changed every 10
minutes to show how communities would change in the future as a result of the automobile.
The exhibit depicted the part the automobile played in changing the face
of America -- and not only the nation's looks but also her way of life.
The animated diorama demonstrated the transformation of a rural
crossroads community of the early 1900s to the thriving suburban
community of the 1950s. The exhibit proved to be the most popular and
features the mechanical operation of changing scenery, roadside
structures, and moving automobiles -- from the first horseless
"one-lung" carriage to the most modern of passenger vehicles
and trucks of the time. The show lasted 14 minutes and closed with the narrator
stating that this country is "just now gathering itself together
for the next spring forward.
As far as we know, this is the only display to survive and was in a
Chicago museum up until 2001 when GM removed it. It is our hope that the display can be once again
installed in our Futurliner.
||If you have any
additional information about the history or whereabouts of additional Futurliners, we
would like to hear from you. Our objective is to capture as much of the history of these
vehicles as possible.
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