This is the bus with the trademark ‘smiley face’ front. It is easily recognized as an iconic post war people mover.
In 1948, we had William Lyon Mackenzie King running our country and the US had Harry Trueman. John Ritter, Prince Charles and Ozzy Osborn were born. The average income was $2950 with baby boomers buying houses for about $7700. They spent .16 cents/gallon on gas for a new car that would have cost $1250. The population was exploding and it seemed everyone was buying their own TV. They could still go to the movies for .60 cents but they could instantly see themselves on film if they saved for the all new modern Instant Image Polaroid Camara costing $89.75.
Taking the bus in 1948 cost about $1/wk and people may very well have been riding in a Flxible Bus.
Today, we covet these iconic vintage buses and the RV Restorations that have made them into tiny homes. The one we enjoyed touring was actually restored to be in the movie, RV, featuring Robin Williams. How cool is that, right? I wanted to include a link to another amazing 1963 Flxible Bus to RV conversion that totally blew my mind.
Enjoy the video tour and share your thoughts or memories of the Flxible Bus with us in the comments. Please also JOIN US here and hit the SUBSCRIBE button in youtube to see more.
Travel Enthusiast SeattleMay 25, 2019
Sweet looking 1948 Flexible Bus. I’ve heard of Flexible, and I may have seen one or two in person, but none this nice. I’ve heard of the movie “RV”, starring the late Robin Williams, but I’ve never watched it.
DeniseMay 30, 2019
Ok you have to check out the movie it is hilarious. I have also seen a few others that are completely functional on other channels, which I referred to in the post, and they are AMAZING!
Mark SweeneyJune 11, 2020
The bus would be fun not to live in for a while just for the experience. Just the way it’s designed is amazing they have everything you need and it’s comfortable.
DeniseJune 13, 2020
We thought this one was pretty cool too. I know what you mean that it doesn’t quite make it for today’s standards but it would still be fun to hang out in.