1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA

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Lot 319¤
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus
Chassis no. TBA

Sold for US$ 37,400 inc. premium
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus
Chassis no. TBA
Of all the collector vehicles today perhaps the ones that have survived in the least numbers are motor coaches. Their long service life, size and complexity often saw them scrapped long before they had the chance to be preserved. This truly remarkable Yellow Coach is amazing for the fact that it survives so well, a result of it being stored inside rather than outside for decades.

The Yellow Coach brand has huge significance in America for it, as well as its successor GMC, the transition from street cars to motor coach in most American cities – for better or for worse. The 5th Avenue Coach Company, whose livery this bus wears, was a successful early bus line in downtown Manhattan.

The Yellow Coach Company began as a subsidiary of the Yellow Cab Company of Chicago in 1923. General Motors acquired a majority stake in 1925 and eventually bought it outright in 1943, creating General Motors Coach or as we know it today, GMC. Yellow Coach produced a wide variety of coaches for different markets and charismatic open-top double-deckers are one of the rarest and certainly most iconic today.

This Yellow Coach is offered in remarkable cosmetic condition. Having the majority of its original signage and a lovely 5th Avenue paint scheme, the bus also unusually and significantly retains the interior. The seating is all original and wonderfully preserved. The parlor has full padded seating with original woven upholstery, and the upper deck has all the correct slatted deck seating. The lovely wooden flooring on the roof is all still nicely intact.

The motor is currently removed and what appears to be a bit newer GMC straight six is included with it. Fortunately the GMC motor was produced in such huge quantities that an authentic replacement should not be challenging to find.

The Yellow Coach has been recently moved and is reported to roll freely; the tires hold air and the steering operates smoothly.

This Yellow Coach would be the prize of any commercial vehicle collection and deserves a home that will continue to preserve it as well as Ralph Cox did.

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1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
1926 Yellow Coach Open-Top Double-Decker Bus  Chassis no. TBA
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