The World’s 10 Coolest Buses
If you’ve ever been stuck riding the ‘hound across the Heartland, you know that buses aren’t exactly the first thing to spring to mind when you think of cool transportation options. Nevertheless, there are a handful of buses even the most hardened motor head would love to add to a collection. BoldRide takes a look at ten impressive options:
The original 1964 film The Italian Job did a lot to cement Mini as an intriguing brand around the world. But some of the ancillary vehicles in that movie were just as cool. Case in point: the Bedford VAL14.
It’s unlike anything we ever saw riding the roads in America, but in post-war Europe, these massive rigs brought tourists to exotic locations in the Alps. Several coachbuilders provided bodywork for the Bedford platform, including this one by Harrington Legionnaire. A Paxton-bodied version of the Bedford VAL14 was the bus used in the Beatles legendary disaster Magical Mystery Tour.
You may want to sit down for this, but this bus is French. It’s based on a Citroen U55 chassis, with Spacely Sprockets-style coachwork by Currus. Somebody in Amsterdam actually rescued one of these from the crusher, and is embarking on a restoration. No word on the progress yet.
It’s hard to talk about cool buses without mentioning the GM Futurliner bus. You probably know about the one that sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 for $4 million, but there are five more of these buses around the country, including one that’s owned by the Peter Pan Bus Lines in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s green and was restored back in 2000. If you’re up and down I-91 between there and Hartford, Connecticut, you’ll see it on the road from time to time.