It turns out that buses can be not only banal and boring, but also bright and stylish. We collected in this review the most unusual buses from around the world.
1. GM Futurliner
This bus can be considered one of the most extraordinary and extravagant vehicles in the world. The creation and production of this vehicle was carried out by a well-known corporation General Motors.
The company produced only twelve buses of GM Futurliner in the 30-50s of the last century. These buses were designed for an auto race in the US, which was called the Progress Parade. Then a huge number of people were able to ride on these buses.
Today only 9 GM Futurliner survived. And two years ago one of these buses was presented as a lot at an auction. He was sold for $ 4 million. The 1950 bus was put up for sale by Ron Preett. Interestingly, but the vehicle was purchased by him in 2006 for the same money.
2. Viberti Monotral Golden Dolphin
Unlike GM Futurliner, Golden Dolphin was the only bus in its class. In 1956, he made his debut at the Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle surprised not only with its design and panoramic windows, but also with a powerful engine for 400 horsepower. The maximum speed that Golden Dolphin could develop was 200 km / h.
ZIS-127 is the first bus that was designed and manufactured in the USSR. It was intended for intercity flights, mainly for long distances (for example, Moscow-Simferopol and Moscow-Riga). Release of this vehicle was from 1955 to 1961.
The bus was equipped with corrugated aluminum sides and a lot of chrome parts, so popular at that time in the automotive industry. Inside the vehicle at the same time there could be 32 passengers. Armchairs are equipped with reclining backs for convenience. In addition, the first Soviet bus had heating, lighting, a ventilation system and a thermometer with a clock.
The vehicle had two roomy luggage compartments. The driver had his own fan and the instruments necessary for the control of the trip.
Overall dimensions of the ZiS-127:
* wheelbase -5600 mm;
* body length – 10,220 mm;
* width 2680 mm ;
* height – 3060 mm.
The Soviet ZiS-127 worked on diesel fuel. A 6-cylinder two-stroke engine was used for this model. A total of 851 copies were produced.
4. Developed this bus on the chassis of a diesel truck in 1934. The Mercedes-Benz Lo 3100 Stromlinuen-Omnibus
It was assumed that Mercedes-Benz Lo 3100 will be used on actively developing autobahns. That’s just in the mass production of the bus did not arrive. In addition to the panoramic roof and the body-streamliner, the bus also had lowered side windows.
5. AEC Routemaster
This bus along with Trafalgar Square and the Tower is a symbol of the British capital. To represent London without a classic version of Routemaster is almost impossible. Its release took place in 1954. The company AES was engaged in this. Directly in operation AEC Routemaster stayed from February 8, 1956 to December 9, 2005. The first copies replaced the trolley buses, and subsequent replaced the old models of buses.
The feature of this vehicle is the open rear platform, which served as the entrance. AEC Routemaster did not have any doors. Today, several hundred such buses have survived.
6. Party Bus
So, Patty Bass or Party Bus did not come out for a long time. Its creation was a great discovery, as it could accommodate a large company of people, and one night could be celebrated in many places.
It can easily accommodate a table, excellent sofas, as well as various entertainment items (TV, set-top box, and in some even manage to put a jacuzzi). This is a great place to celebrate a birthday, corporate, bachelor party, devichnik.
7. Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus
I managed to excel in the 50’s. and the Parisian tour operator Groupe Cityrama who ordered a two-story futuristic bus from Currus. The end result surprised everyone. At the heart of this model is the chassis of the Citroen U55 (cargo), which was later installed two-story body. A huge area of glazing in conjunction with the open roof had to travel and short-term sightseeing tours. Yes, and tourists, of course, attracted the original design of this vehicle. Such buses were issued only 3 copies.
8. Bedford VAL14 Plaxton Panorama C52F
These buses were produced from the 65th to the 68th years. He had two distinctive features: air conditioning and a non-standard third axle. Due to the unique design it was possible to place a door for passengers directly in front of the front axle. Until the mid-80’s. These buses have been successfully used on international flights. At the time the Bedford VAL14 Plaxton Panorama C52F was completed, more than 2,000 copies were produced.
This bus appeared thanks to the founders of General American Aerocoach in the 49th year in the body of GMC Scenicruiser 55th year. As a result, it was possible to create an incredible three-storey house on wheels. Only 2 copies have been released.
Today only one of them is on the move and it is possible to go on a tour of the United States.
10. Ikarus 55 Lux
For its futuristic appearance, the bus “Ikarus” received the nickname “Cigar”. The legendary bus fascinated with its silhouette. Ikarus was the main bus that was operated on the territory of the USSR. It was used both on intercity flights and on international tourist routes. From 1955 to 1972, the USSR purchased 3,762 vehicles.
11. Neoplan Jumbocruiser
The debut of this bus took place in 1975. At that time he was considered a giant: 4 axles, the length of the body is 18 meters, the height is 4 meters. In the cabin Neoplan Jumbocruiser could accommodate up to 144 seats (in theory). The bus was produced until 1993. For all time it was built only 11 copies, due to the high cost of the vehicle.
And here’s another bus-innovation. It shows not only a combination of quality, comfort and creativity, but also functioning as a separate, completely different, vehicle. This is what he owes his name to – the amphibious bus.
It was first designed by the Scottish George Smith, who endowed the usual bus with an outboard boat engine and airtightness. The bus can accelerate in an aqueous environment up to 15 km / h. This type of transport is mainly intended for excursions in the cities “on the water”, which saves time of the guide and gives a “highlight” to the impressions of tourists. So, for example, when driving a bus through the city streets, the guide smoothly switches the conversation to river subjects, and the bus slowly enters the water. At the same time, travelers do not have to leave the bus, take with themselves the necessary things for a boat trip and spend as half an hour to replace the situation. Currently, such buses are no longer a rarity and are recognized as one of the most convenient sightseeing modes of transport. The cost of this bus varies around 400 000 $. However, it pays off fairly quickly at the ticket price (about 30 euros per person).
There are also such buses that differ little from their own home. There is everything: a bed, and sofas, and a wide plasma TV, and a bedroom, a bathroom with a toilet, and a kitchen with a refrigerator, a bar and even a garage for a car.
14. The Chinese decided to take care of their one and a half billion people and produced the longest bus in the world with a capacity of 300 people and 25.3 meters long, consisting of three compartments (coupe). This bus cost $ 250,000. However, the number of Chinese grew and it was decided that such a bus does not meet the needs of the country. Therefore, the light appeared his follower – the world’s longest five-compartment bus worth $ 300,000 and a capacity of 380 people. Unfortunately, such a bus is only for urban direct roads without sharp turns and can not accelerate more than 80km / h, which creates certain traffic jams.