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TULSA (March 28, 2018) – Visitors to the 101st Tulsa Auto Show will have an opportunity to see what once was considered one of the most innovative automobiles of its time – the Futurliner #10 (Watch Video.)

The Futurliner #10 last appeared in Tulsa at the Tulsa Fairgrounds from October 27 – 31, 1955 but will return for public display after having recently been restored. The 101st anniversary of the Tulsa Auto Show is being held April 13-15 at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

“We are so pleased to feature this incredible piece of American history as part of this year’s Tulsa Auto Show,” Tom Bloomfield, general manager with Don Thornton Automotive Group, said. “With an opportunity for people to experience the Futurliner #10 inside and out, we anticipate a lot smiling faces.”

The Futurliner #10 was one of 12 large dual-front wheeled display vehicles that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950’s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress. The GM Parade of Progress and its crew of about 60 young men carried futuristic and inspirational exhibits to millions of people across North America from 1936 through 1956.

The parade of Futurliners accompanied by GM’s newest cars for sale would pull into small towns just like the circus once did, set up at the fairgrounds or a park. This 1953 Futurliner, with 16-foot display doors on either side, was a perfect platform for static exhibits and live demonstrations of emerging technology of the future.

“This is such an exciting opportunity to bring the Futurliner #10 to the Tulsa Auto Show this year,” David Yarde said. “The Futurliner was a great example of innovation of its time and we love being able to provide the public a chance to see what the future looked like many decades ago.”

The Futurliner has visited Tulsa twice before at the Tulsa Fairgrounds as part of the Parade of Progress – in 1941, prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and again in 1955. With the increased popularity of television and other growing technologies, the Parade of Progress eventually retired and the Futurliners became a memory of the past. However, efforts were made to restore some of these 12 items of Americana, with Joe Bortz eventually donating the Futurliner #10 to the National Automotive and Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The remaining Futurliners remain in private ownership or sit unrestored.

“If you enjoy seeing unique automobiles, the Futurliner #10 is definitely one you’ll want to see,” Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group, said. “It has been over a half century since Tulsa last saw a vehicle like this one and you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity.”

The Tulsa Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids. In addition to the Futurliner #10, the 101st anniversary event will include dozens of automobiles from the 50’s era; the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefitting the Crossover Community Impact; antique cars from the 1920’s and 30’s; the opportunity to test drive 12 cars and trucks from Toyota and Chevrolet; an outdoor event by “Caffeine and Gasoline” featuring 500 cars of all kinds; and lots and lots of 2018 and 2019 new cars and trucks from 25 automobile brands.

Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.thetulsaautoshow.com for additional information. Buy one get one free coupons are also available at QuikTrip.

Among the 25 automaker brands participating in the show are Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The Tulsa Auto Show is sponsored by the Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association and print partner the Tulsa World.

The Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Tulsa and is the owner of the Tulsa Auto Show.