1959 Crown Supercoach School Bus

Last updated on September 5, 2021

Today’s bus originally thought to be the original Partridge Family bus by Anthony Maggio who I know was laughing as he sent it and is credited with sharing this bus.  This made me think what was the Partridge Family bus.  It was a 1959 Chevrolet (see photo at the end).  

Today’s bus is a 1959 Crown Supercoach which was a mid engine configuration.  The Crown Supercoach was know as the Cadillac of school buses.  In 1954, Crown produced their first diesel-powered school bus, introducing the 743 cubic-inch Cummins as an option.  For school districts with growing student populations, Crown introduced a tandem rear-axle Supercoach in 1955.  Expanding the seating capacity from 79 to 91 (with a later option for 97), this would become the highest-capacity school bus ever mass-produced.  In the day you would pay $130,000.00 for these buses, about $30,000.00 more than for other makes of school buses.  These buses were used in the Long Beach Unified School District until the AQMD declared their death on Dec. 31, 2017.  

This bus was located on Belle Porte Ave. Habor City.  Some interesting paint and period accessories to fit the hippy appearance. No license plates?  Thanks Anthony for sharing. Thanks for riding along. Frank

Notice the AC unit on the roof.
It looks like 1963 Ford Galaxie taillights. I am not sure what the corner taillights are from?  Any Ideas?

This is what a original restored Crown Supercoach should look like.
The Partridge Family bus.  
And mom (played by Shirley Jones) behind the wheel.