Beautifully Restored 1937 Kenworth Bus Has 10 Doors, Five Per Side!
What costs $580,000 and has room for 18 passengers? This Legacy Classic Trucks–restored gem.
Once upon a time, this 1937 Kenworth Touring Motor Coach was used by the Rainier National Park Company to shuttle eager passengers up the steep mountain passes of Mount Rainier, allowing tourists to absorb the wonders of the active volcano. Hence, it's known as the 1937 Mount Rainier Kenworth tour bus, and it dutifully reported for duty amidst the backdrop of Mount Rainier all the way up to 1962.
If it's the first time you've ever seen such a wondrous people-hauler, you're not alone. The Kenworth Truck Company, most known for its manufacturing of medium and heavy-duty trucks, only manufactured five of these special-edition Kenworth Touring Motor Coaches in 1937 and 1938; today, only three remain.
Legacy Classic Trucks, most known for its resto-mod classic Dodge Power Wagon builds, got its hands on one of the three remaining Kenworth vintage buses. The rest is, well, history—restored history, that is. True to its reputation, Legacy went all out on the Kenworth, restoring the tired coach while preserving its vintage aesthetics. Such a large project (the thing has 10 doors for crying out loud) took the company years to complete, and as Legacy joked on Facebook, it's the "biggest darn thing we've ever painted."
The 80-year-old Kenworth tour bus is powered by a 130-hp Hall-Scott I-6 engine and backed by the original five-speed Clark manual transmission. To retain its 30s-era vintage look and feel, the restored coach rides on 20x6 red Budd wheels and bias-ply tires, has retro-style gauges, and retains its original patina'd wood flooring. However, the interior—including the bench seating and door panels—have been upgraded with imported Italian leather. Appropriate for a tour bus aimed at allowing passengers to experience the great outdoors, the bus does not have a traditional hardtop roof. Rather, it has an open top canopy system, undoubtedly another time-consuming aspect of the build. The smooth, rust-free body smothered in Flame Red paint that's accented in black is the vintage bus's hallmark feature.
According to Legacy's website, its Mount Rainier Kenworth tour bus—undoubtedly cooler than the other two in existence—has sold. We're not sure what the lucky owner paid, but Legacy's list price was $580,000. It's unlikely we'll ever cross paths with this piece of automotive history in the wild, but maybe, just maybe, it'll find its way to Mount Rainier for a tour or two.