The other post relates that a town in Georgia bought one of GM's 1936 Futureliners and donated it to the U.S. Army for use as a mobile USO platform. The huge side door that was a feature of the Futureliners during GM's promotion "Caravan of Progress" now opened to reveal the stage.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Big Bus Conversion for the War Effort
Two posts on the Hemmings blog reveal interesting automotive contributions to the war effort during the 1940's by communities and corporations. The first was the Santa Fe Trailways articulated plywood bus. The bus line custom built the vehicle out of plywood to save war materiel, and used it to carry war workers to and from their factories, thus also saving the employees' fuel and rubber for the war effort. There is no information on whether the driver sat on top, in the bottom, or split himself in half while turning.