There's room for 18 people on the Italian leather bench seats.
If you're looking to take everyone you know on a road trip, then check out this newly restored 1937 Kenworth Tour Bus originally for carrying tourists to Mount Rainier National Park. Legacy Classic Trucks performed the revival and have set the price for the rebuilt rig at $580,000.
This Kenworth bus carried people from local hotels to Mount Rainier from 1937 to 1962. Legacy Classic Trucks tried to retain the patina of thousands of people riding in the vehicle over the decades. For example, the wood floor is still original. The seats wear custom upholstery that comes from 23 hides of Italian leather. Inside, the 18 occupants can enjoy some fresh air because the fabric covering the roof comes off.
Wearing Flame Red paint, black fenders, and metal trim, the restored bus looks fantastic. While probably not the right vehicle for an individual because of the massive size, but it could be perfect for a business like a high-end campground or hotel.
"Today, most people associate Kenworth with large format semi-trucks, but the company actually manufactured buses as part of its business back in the thirties," Legacy Classic Trucks Founder Winslow Bent said about the restoration. "Decades have passed, but the Kenworth Mount Rainier tour buses delighted travelers for years and years. When we were presented with the rare chance to work on the bus, we knew it was just too cool to pass up."
Gallery: 1937 Kenworth Tour Bus Mount Rainier
The bus uses a six-cylinder Hercules JXD engine making 130 horsepower (97 kilowatts). It runs through the original five-speed manual that has an interesting dog-leg layout and swaps where you'd expect to find fourth and fifth gear. First through third a compound low gears for an easier time going up and down Mount Rainier.
Legacy Classic Trucks fits the Kenworth with 20x6 Budd wheels. To be period correct, bias ply tires wrap around them.
LEGACY CLASSIC TRUCKS PRESENTS NEW LIMITED EDITION $580,000
1937 MOUNT RAINIER KENWORTH TOUR BUS
Ahead of Summer Road Trip Season, Legacy Introduces Iconic National Park Bus Complete with Fully Restored Vintage Look and Drivability
Jackson Hole, WY (July 1, 2020) – For anyone visiting a national park, the vintage tour buses are always a sight to see set against nature’s most intensely beautiful backdrops. Now as the summer road trip season begins, Legacy Classic Trucks presents a fully restored take on one of the most iconic vehicles ever designed with the limited-edition Mount Rainier Kenworth touring bus. The detailed restoration project takes a bright red and black 1937 Kenworth vintage bus and fully restores the vehicle engineering underneath while carefully preserving the rich, vintage aesthetic that has brought smiles to the faces of generations of tourists from all over the world.
Famously known for restoring and modernizing all sorts of celebrated classic American trucks alongside other heavy-duty vehicles, Legacy is perhaps best known for resto-modding classic Power Wagons from the 1940’s and 50’s. Legacy’s restoration work focuses on classic, heavy duty vehicles. Many of Legacy’s restoration projects were trucks responsible for helping construct many of the most ambitious public works projects the country ever saw in its history during the 1940’s and 50’s. When Legacy Classic Trucks found the opportunity to acquire a famed Kenworth tour bus, the unique opportunity made for one of the company’s most interesting restoration projects to date.
“Today, most people associate Kenworth with large format semi-trucks, but the company actually manufactured buses as part of its business back in the thirties,” comments Legacy Classic Trucks Founder Winslow Bent. “Decades have passed, but the Kenworth Mount Rainier tour buses delighted travelers for years and years. When we were presented with the rare chance to work on the bus, we knew it was just too cool to pass up. Our work at Legacy Classic Trucks is focused on giving workhorses like the Mount Rainier Tour Bus a new life, and we can’t think of a more deserving vehicle. This tour bus has brought so much happiness to the world.”
The Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus was originally put into service in 1937 transporting visitors to Mount Rainier from local hotels up until 1962. The red and black bus had logged thousands and thousands of miles over time helping guests see some of the country’s most majestic natural landscapes. Legacy Classic Trucks outfitted the limited-edition bus with a six-cylinder Hercules JXD engine mated to the vehicle’s original manual five-speed transmission, which produces up to 130 horsepower. The first three gears are all compound low gears that originally assisted in climbing and descending the steep mountain passes of Mt. Rainier. Legacy also upgraded the bus with 20x6 Budd wheels and Bias Ply Tires to retain a period correct aesthetic.
Legacy thoroughly restored the long body bus, which underwent rust-repair and re-painting in the legendary flame red shade that became a classic hallmark of the buses. Retro-style gauges adorn all instrumentation paneling while every sconce was restored to its original look to ensure a true 1930’s era feel for all travelers. The patina’d wood flooring is also original to the vehicle. Legacy did upgrade the bench seating with leather made from 23 hides of imported Italian leather to allow passengers to ride in complete comfort. In total, the bus can seat up to 18 people in the cabin, which features an open top canopy system that allows passengers to see everything while driving.
“Interestingly, the Mount Rainier Kenworth Bus was actually brought to us by a long-time customer who thought Legacy could have some fun with this project,” continues Bent. “Restoring a classic bus like this takes an insane amount of work. A larger format vehicle demands an exacting amount of detail, so the restoration is more extensive. However, it was one of the most rewarding processes in our company’s history, and Legacy couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out restoring this bonafide piece of automotive history.”
After being on the road for more than 80 years, the Legacy Classic Trucks restoration of the Mount Rainier Tour Bus ensures that at least one of these iconic trucks continues to ride the open road. The fully restored Legacy Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus is available now priced at $580,000 to any buyer interested in owning a piece of time-honored Americana.
For more information on Legacy Classic Trucks and the Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus restoration, please visit www.legacyclassictrucks.com or call 307-734-6500.
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