Not everyone likes to ride the bus. If you need to get six blocks it can be wayward and wandering, and if you miss it… well, keep waiting. The bus gets a bad rap, but pull up in something like this and you’ll be the talk of the town.
This wonderfully retro Chevrolet Viking short bus is the design handiwork of Maine’s Winkelman Architecture. In 2009, the Chevy was rescued from an extended off-road slumber in a field. Now it looks like something that could win an award for Best in Show.
In the mid-1950s, the Chevrolet truck lineup underwent a massive shift. The voluptuous Advance Design series gave way to the more angular, stylized Task Force Chevy. It introduced V8 engines to the range, 12-volt electrics, power brakes, power steering, and a wrap around windshield with which to command the road. This pretty ’59 shorty bus came at the very end of that five-year run.
Inside, Winkelman’s design features vintage lighting, furniture, linens, and drapes, permitting room for 12 passengers and driver, as well as sleeping quarters for two. The rear portion plays host to dual single bunks, which can be converted into one queen sized bed. Further up, there’s a seating area as well as a toilet and sink. It’s a very 20th century abode, but with multiple power outlets, it can still run all of your 21st century toys.
It even comes with its own porch, sort of. The rear door swings open to reveal a short deck and a ladder leading to rooftop storage space. Looking for a good DIY project or home on wheels? Might we suggest starting with a ’59 Chevrolet bus?
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