This 83-year old restored rolling piece of history costs over half-a-million dollars!

Idaho-based Legacy Classic Trucks had taken up a unique restoration project recently. The company laid its hands on a 1937 tour bus that served at the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Vintage tour buses are a popular sight at tourist spots, so retaining the essence of this bus was the most important thing about this restoration. Legacy Classic Trucks has managed to do it and it looks stunning.

However, it is priced exorbitantly high. The company is selling this restored, bespoke bus for over half-a-million dollars. Well, I’d rather buy a ticket and take a ride in it if it were to be deployed at a tourist site than buy it!

What Makes The Restored 1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus Special?

1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus by Legacy Classic Trucks Exterior
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Legacy Classic Trucks is known to restore vintage Power Wagons, especially form the 1940s and 50s. This time, they dirtied their hands on a rather unique project. The company has fully restored this 1937 limited-edition Mount Rainier Kenworth touring bus in terms of aesthetics as well as drivability. The bus was used to transport visitors from local hotels to the Mount Rainier Nation Park from 1937 to 1962 and had covered thousands of miles in its 25 years of service before it was retired. Legacy pounced upon the opportunity to restore it and made sure it didn’t deter from its core either cosmetically, or mechanically.

Instead of plonking it with a powerful mill, the company opted for a sedate six-cylinder Hercules JXD engine that made 130 horses. It was mated to the vehicle’s original manual five-speed transmission. The first three are creeper gears set to make the climb on the steep mountain passes of Mount Rainier much easier with 18 people - including the driver - on board.

1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus by Legacy Classic Trucks Interior
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The company restored the body by giving it a rust-repair treatment and then re-painting it in the same iconic red and black color scheme. The tires were upgraded to a set of 20-inch Budd wheels wrapped in Bias Ply Tires to retain a period-correct aesthetic. On the inside, retro-style gauges were restored to its original look that let out the 1930’s vibes in the ‘cockpit’.

The patina’d wood flooring is also carried over and restored instead of swapping for a new, fresh piece of wood.

The company reupholstered the bench seats with imported leather made from 23 different skins. The bus also features an open-top canopy system that allows all the passengers to see everything outside while driving.

Final Thoughts

1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus by Legacy Classic Trucks Exterior
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When it comes to owning a piece of history, you can be assured that it won’t be cheap. Legacy Classic Trucks is charging $580,000 for this restored 1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus. It sure seems way too much, but Legacy puts it, you’ll be “owning a piece of time-honored Americana.”

If you had the moolah, would you purchase this bus? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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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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