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01-22-2006, 05:39 PM
Interesting '50s bus.
1950 GM bus sells for $4 million
So, If anyone wants to loan me some money, we could call this and investment?
01-23-2006, 08:15 AM
Boy, talk about having a view of the road. I think someone had more "dollars" than "sense" if they paid over $40k.
01-23-2006, 08:37 AM
I watched that bus sell for 4,000,000. The seller was looking for 60K. Amazing. How would you build this bus Trey? Would it be worth more with the original 302 Jimmy or with a modern 4 stroke diesel? I think I'd go with a modern drivetrain so as not to dilute the value of both busses by building an identical one. Besides, I think the originals had a top speed of about 35 mph.
Actually, I really don't want to comment on this, but I can't hold myself back. I watched the Barrett Jackson ego-rama over the week also, a friend of mine sold his 1931 Buick 4 door sedan on Wednesday. He wanted $40,000, and got $47,500 so I guess he did okay. Did anyone notice that the one guy that was bidding up the Futurliner bus was trying to impress the young lady sitting beside him? That was my opinion, anyway. I don't think it had anything to do with whether he figured it was worth that kind of money. Some people obviously have far too much of that green stuff. They also commented that there were still 3 or 4 more of these buses out there somewhere. Do you suppose those buses have now been drug into someone's shop and restorations begun? John V.O.
01-23-2006, 08:58 AM
Trey's posted link was for 1-1/2 buses for $20,000, so you too could start your own bus project! Who knows, if you were lucky enough, this might be the project you could retire on!
01-23-2006, 06:30 PM
I'll bet that they aren't available for $20K today!
01-23-2006, 07:15 PM
those buses were out in the SF valley for years ,
I am not sure if the restored one is one of them ,
I always liked them , but figured you would need a crew of workers to ever get it done , $100,000 to restore it would be getting away cheap,
Well now I guess they are out of everyones reach !
01-24-2006, 07:05 AM
The guy in the white shirt that bid it up bought quite a few cars. He never put his drink down. I guess that stuff is cheap and pretty with your beer goggles on (like some of the girls I know).
Remeber, if you're selling something always offer the perspective buyer a beer or three before the sale.
01-24-2006, 06:28 PM
There's a group of guys in Michagan that have been working on one for a while. I met Don at the Hershey swap meet when I went to talk to him about his GMC motor home. He told me about the project and how guys were pitching in to help finish it. I'm thinking the guys are a whole lot more motivated with that project now.:smile:
01-24-2006, 08:37 PM
The colossal Futurliner lumbers out of Scottsdale's WestWorld and heads down Loop 101 on Monday toward its new home in Chandler. Ron Pratte bought the Futurliner for $4.3 million at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.
A little more about the Futurliner and the BJ Auction.
Invite him to April 1
01-25-2006, 04:48 AM
Invite him to April 1
With pockets that deep, think of all the Bugly tools and other B.S. he could buy. Roger and Johnny could fill that bus up http://126.96.36.199/forum/images/smilies/icon_razz.gif
01-25-2006, 07:39 AM
Do you get auto insurance for a bus like this? I wonder what that would cost. I'm betting you could only get liability.
01-25-2006, 12:02 PM
Actually, they aren't busses in the strictest sense of the term... they were a rolling showroom for the technolidgy (can't spell today) of the time.... no seats, no nothing but display. There are at least a couple in CA, owned by Brad Boyajian http://bradboyajian.com/pictures/photos_archive.html and I seem to remember at least one other as well. http://www.futurliner.com/other.htm
Pretty awesome looking rigs at any rate.
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