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'FACCO QUEEN MARY # 2094 FOR SALE'

 
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Mr. Linsky
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: 'FACCO QUEEN MARY # 2094 FOR SALE' Reply with quote

No, it's not the photos below that are for sale - it's the bus itself and it's probably one of the largest pieces of memorabilia ever offered in our industry!

Seen in four shots below and resting pretty comfortably in Visalia, California - a small hamlet about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco - is fleet # 2094 - a 1936 72 passenger Yellow Coach modeled as a 735 and one of 100 likenesses that were dubbed as 'Queen Marys' and operated for Fifth Avenue Coach Company of Manhattan, New York.

This FACCO is a nice find and does clear up the mystery as to where it wound up.

Originally, the Harrah's Automotive Museum in Reno, Nevada bought #2094 and it is listed in the Motor Bus Society's October 1989 Directory of Preserved Coach as being there at that time.

However, all of Harrah's holdings including their casino's, hotels and the automotive museum were purchased by the Holiday Inns Corporation who auctioned off about 75% of the huge antique collection and obviously # 2094 was part of that sale.

All considered, the bus is in excellent condition and includes all of its bronze framed windows with the only major problem being the deterioration of the steam bent plywood roof (third image) which can easily be replaced with either metal or new plywood.

I suspect, by the missing clutch pedal in the lowest frame, that # 2094 was one of a number of Queen Marys that were converted from semi automatic gasoline power trains to Diesel hydraulics after the war.

If I were a very rich man - and I'm talking in the Trump or Gates class - I would buy this bus and have it shipped to the MTA in Brooklyn as a donation for restoration.

I can't believe that the eBay dealer is hawking this magnificent piece of history as a great idea for a restaurant!

BTW; if you think that's bad did you know that one of the first Boeing 747's that worked for years for Pan Am wound up as a diner in South Korea?!

#2094 is available for sale at eBay through 'neonhighway' as item # 331331043714.
Many thanks to my good friend Hart Bus for the lead on this one.

Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York







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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure it was a conversion. Mounted on the dash is a shift lever like the kind used in GM old looks.
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