Ford Transit bus

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Hollinger Bus Lines 61-1944 Ford Transit.jpeg
Hollinger Bus Lines number 61—a Canadian-built 1944 model 29-B—in derelict condition, a quarter-century after withdrawal from service.
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Crackerbox
Production 1940–1947
Model years 1940–1947
Body and chassis
Class bus
Body style body on chassis
Layout rear engine
Engine Ford 239 cu in (3,920 cc) "flathead" V-8
Transmission 3-speed manual
Wheelbase 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Length 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Width 96 in (2.4 m)
Height 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
Curb weight 10,600 lb (4,800 kg)
Predecessor 70
Successor 8MB

The Ford Transit bus was a 27-passenger bus produced by the Ford Motor Corporation in the 1940s.

Ford constructed the chassis, which were then fitted with bodies by constructed the Union City Body Company of Union City, Indiana. Canadian versions were built from chassis fabricated in Windsor and bodies produced by Brantford Coach & Body. Approximately 11,000 Ford Transits were built during their eight-year production run. Major customers were the Detroit Department of Street Railways, Capital Transit Company of Washington D.C., Philadelphia Transportation Company, Chicago Surface Lines, San Antonio, Texas, The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transport Company, Toronto Transportation Commission and Boston Elevated Railway. The Public Service Interstate Transportation Company of New Jersey had the largest fleet, with a total of 586 new and seven second-hand units.[1][2][3]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, Gary (July–August 1977). "Ford Transit". Model Coach News (Somerville MA: Gary Johnson) (5): 5–7. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Gary (October–November 1982–December). "Remembering the little Fords". Model Transport (Chicago: Don Wolters Design Advertising) (2): 41–43. 
  3. ^ "Yvon52" (14 November 2006). "1939 Ford Transit (09-B)". Internet Movie Cars Database. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ford Transit Bus (front-engine type, 1936–39) at Wikimedia Commons