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Old 10-12-2015, 11:32 AM   #1
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I was slightly disappointed at the 63rd Annual California RV Show at the Los Angeles Fairgrounds yesterday. I was hoping to see the somewhat elusive Meerkat FGRV that was promised in the web advertising and the show guide, but the dealer that was supposed to be showing it claimed that it was at a different dealers location in the show and didn't know where it was at !!!! If any one find it be sure to let the rest of us know. Maybe it's hidden inside one of the many behemoths that were on display.....

But there were FGRV's on display and here are some pics of both of them as well as a very cool TV. Click on pics to enlarge
More non-FGRV pics in the next post.
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And a few more pics.....The last Pic isn't me, but with a name like that he must be a great guy.... LOL
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Looks like somebody wrecked a GM Future Liner
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The display signs indicated that it was built by GM as a one off transporter. It was a bit confusing, but it was actually built in 1941, several years after the original Futureliners were built. Could have been from spares or maybe there was a damaged unit. That wasn't mentioned. Needless to say, anything done in 1941 didn't get seen much, if at all, until after the war.
But the curved stairs to the cab is about as cool as it gets. Driver sits in the center and there is a two person bench seat behind the driver

The antique truck on the back is all electric, with original, individual, motors at each weel.
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According to Wikipedia there were only 12 built and they toured the United States as the General Motors Parade of Progress. Very nice vehicles and I guess you noticed that the steer axle had 4 tires. There are a lot of pictures of these on the internet but this is the first one that I have seen that's been turned into a giant pickup truck.
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Saw a Futureliner at a car show a few years ago that was all restored. One of the crew with it said you get a weird feeling driving it when you come to an overhead bridge because of sitting so high up. Said you get the feeling you want to duck your head. Rumor has it one was driven to Mexico as it was being used as a motor home, never seen again.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:47 PM   #7
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I guess I should have captured an image of the information sign as well. I thought that the VDub trailer would have gotten most of the chatter and only included the Futureliner as it was sooooo cool. I'll ask someone going to the show to try to get more info for me.
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Here's a bunch of pics the transporter and it is suggested here that it was a later conversion. The owner is in Chatsworth CA if anyone wants to chase it down.Flickriver: Photos tagged with futureliner
Also google 1941 Future liner images.


Now if someone only knew where the 1954 Waldorf Corvette/Nomad went.....

Here's another pic of it in the show catalog, and a pic from the catalog showing the Meerkat that wasn't there. At the bottoms the ultimate FGRV, the Waldorf Nomad, 1954 GM Motorama
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Little guy trailers in San Diego carries the Meercat. I got a close up personal look at one while attending an auto parts swap meet in San Diego.

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Yep, and Little Guy Trailers was supposed to have a Meerkat at the show, site 3022, and blew me off when I asked where it was at...he said it was here, but he didn't know where.... It was also supposed to be in the Exhibitors tent... will now refer to it as the "Phantom Meerkat".


Good to here thought that someone has actually seen one. did they mention a price and delivery time.
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At the auto swap I was at it was just parked as display. There was a posted price and referral to Little Guy but I didn't pay attention. It was much smaller than my 13 Scamp and perfect for the people going really lightweight. It was very basic but I did like the small pop top. Other than that I didn't take much note. There wasn't a salesman there but I think it was borrowed for the weekend by one of their employees and a stack of fliers went with it.
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The '54 Waldorf Corvette Nomad probably went to Warhoops junk yard along with many others of the GM Motorama cars. Guess Joe Bortz didn't get that one. It's an amazing story of what he did get though. I think at one time he owned two of the Futureliners. One of those Dub Box campers was just at a KOA campground in Vermont where we go for vintage rallies, but not the rally weekend. The KOA owner put up a couple photos of it. Looks like the tongue is real long, what did you think of it, Bob Miller
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This may be the last word on the Futureliner above... It's for sale...
Only $1.5M


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The '54 Waldorf Corvette Nomad probably went to Warhoops junk yard along with many others of the GM Motorama cars. Guess Joe Bortz didn't get that one. It's an amazing story of what he did get though. I think at one time he owned two of the Futureliners. One of those Dub Box campers was just at a KOA campground in Vermont where we go for vintage rallies, but not the rally weekend. The KOA owner put up a couple photos of it. Looks like the tongue is real long, what did you think of it, Bob Miller


I think that it's well made and functional, but for $22,000 doesn't fill the job that other FGRV's do for less. If you look carefully , it's also built so it's towing backwards.

But if one wants attention and/or is a real VW nut it may be just the ticket.
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