GM Futurliner to be offered at B-J Scottsdale

Proceeds to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation

Eric Kaminsky - July 11, 2014 10:52 AM


Ron Pratte’s 1950 GM Futurliner.

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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, spokesman and ambassador for the AFF, and Ms. Patricia Driscoll, president of the Armed Forces Foundation and CEO of Front Line Defense Systems.

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A 1950 General Motors Futurliner, currently owned by Arizona collector Ron Pratte, will be up for sale at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in January 2015, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Armed Forces Foundation.

One of 12 built by General Motors, and one of nine still known to exist, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl’s direction. It was the centerpiece of the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit that complemented the GM “Motoramas” from 1940 through 1956. This particular vehicle is one of just three restored to its original “Parade of Progress” configuration.

Pratte purchased the Futurliner at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2006. In addition to the Futurliner, he has consigned his collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles and other rarities to the January 10-18, 2015 auction.

A veteran himself, Pratte served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam during 1968, and will donate all proceeds from the Futurliner sale to the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans. The AFF covers travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and daily expenses for families so they can stay at a loved one's side during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered in war.

Pratte is a Chandler, Arizona, developer and philanthropist.

“Military veterans, especially wounded warriors, deserve our appreciation and our support,” Pratte said. “Their continued sacrifices give Americans the freedom to build happy, productive lives. With the help of the great team at Barrett-Jackson, I look forward to raising funds that will make AFF's mission a success.”

The two organizations have partnered for the last eight years, AFF has received over $4 million dollars through Barrett-Jackson auto auctions since 2008.

“Barrett-Jackson was honored to help Ron Pratte add the Futurliner to his collection in 2006,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We appreciate his trust in Barrett-Jackson as he offers this incredible piece of Americana to its next owner. History was made as records fell the first time the Futurliner crossed our block, and we expect interest in it to reach a fevered pitch again.”

"Barrett-Jackson’s charity moments on the auction block with the AFF have become some of the most memorable,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “Ron Pratte’s generosity and patriotism is inspirational and I look forward to an outpouring of support for our fellow Americans in uniform.” 

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