A priceless form and very "pulp-ish sci-fi" looks... Could've been an actual bus, if not for the more pragmatic exhibit applications.
One of 12 built by General Motors, a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl's direction. Opening side, lighting, retractable stage, distinctive center 'cupola' cockpit driving position and dual wheel front axle. Used in the 'Parade of Progress' touring exhibit created by 'Boss' Kettering that complemented the GM 'Motoramas' from 1940 through 1956. One of only three survivors restored in their original 'Parade of Progress' configuration (the others are in long term ownership by NATMUS and Peter Pan Bus Lines), this Futurliner is fully functional and has toured Canada in corporate promotions. A matchless symbol of the American auto industry at the height of its power and influence.
Isuzu Corporation published a "concept art" calendar with great designs. Here is a sample:
Human-Powered Bus Concept
One of Honda's entries in the Los Angeles Design Challenge, the Running Bus, offers a different take on hybrid energy--inspired by California's fitness culture, it packs 10 stationary runners inside the bus for power. Losing weight will obviously get you places...
Finally, new GMC Concept Bus, or rather the house...
Replaces Commute and Suburbia in one fell swoop. Click to enlarge images.
"The GMC PAD, an urban loft with mobility, is quite simply a home ownership concept that represents a reasonable solution to the problem of urban sprawl... Why commute? With the PAD, it’s where you live, where you work, or merely where you want to be. Whether located in walking distance from your job, or wintering at Mammoth, with the GMC PAD, home is where you want it. And commuting is what other people do."
Though these buses are far removed from the Volkswagen Van, they make you wish these were the hippie times all over again :)