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#206 – Highway Post Office (HPO) RV Conversion

Highway Post Office (HPO)

Current status as a recreational vehicle

Initial Service

This 1966 Crown Coach was one of 106 constructed for use as Highway Post Office buses. This unit was one of two delivered to Inter City Transit Co. in North Little Rock, AR in late 1966. 206 delivered mail along a route between Houston and Corpus Christi, TX under contract to the US Postal Service.

Service History

 

This photo of #126, which is a 1964 with the “tall windshield” and original livery. It’s good representation of what our 1966 #206 would have looked like.

Sometime after its retirement and auction, Campbell, CA bus company owner Fred Wagener purchased it and converted it into a recreational vehicle.  The Wageners added a motorized pull-down rear end that doubles as a ramp or a deck.  

 

Pathway to PBM 

Fred Wagener’s son, Mark Wagener, donated this bus to the Pacific Bus Museum in October 2021.  

What People Love 

What makes this bus so special is its history of serving as a Highway Post Office.

Photos collected by Pacific Bus Museum resident historian, Eli Bail:

HPO – Interior looking toward the back

HPO – Interior looking toward the front

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How You Can Help

As a volunteer orginization, we are always looking for as much help as we can get. If you've got skills and time, and want to get your hands dirty, consider becoming a member.

If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #206 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #206 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #206. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #206!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus #206.

Support Bus #206

The Pacific Bus Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer organization registered in the state of California. We were granted tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation by the IRS under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Tax ID # 1683391. Donations to the Pacific Bus Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Restoration Status

The Crown is fully operable and only in need of standard maintenance.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: Inter City Transit Co.

Acquired From: Fred Wagener, Mark Wagener

Current Livery: Highway Post Office (HPO) RV Conversion

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1966

Manufacturer: Crown Coach Corp, Los Angeles, CA

Model: A-743-11 HPO

Serial#: 35206

Powertrain: Underfloor amidship Cummins 262 cubic-inch turbocharged diesel engine with a 10-speed Fuller Roadranger manual transmission

Body: steel, single sedan door, air suspension

Length: 35 ft

Width: 96 in

Seating: RV table and side seating

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