Coachette was started by Carl Graham, formerly regional sales manager for Marmon- Herrington buses (earlier for Ford).
The original design was a 21-passenger city transit bus on a 172-inch wheelbase Ford truck chassis.
Most of the bodies were built by Ward Body Co., Austin, Texas, to Coachette's specifications. After 1958 the design was changed to a nearly flat front, and Chevrolet and GM chassis could be specified. Still later seating capacities up to 37 were offered, and options included air conditioning and sliding window sashes.
About 330 Coachettes were built.
If anyone is interested in buying/restoring this one of a kind bus, I can help with space to store it and work on it too. No charge!
This thing would be really cool with a F550 superduty chassis under it!
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