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Flxible Clipper | Capitol Bus Company

Flxible
Flxible Clipper from Capitol Bus Company

Flxible crest
Close up of Flxible crest.

interior of Flxible
Interior shot of above bus. That appears to be real wood on the ceiling. I really don't remember now.

Flxible overhead rack
Close up of art deco style overhead rack that has beautiful detail.

dashboard of Flxible
Dashboard of Capitol Flxible.

rear of Flxible
Bullet shaped rear with engine /fan visible. That must have been scary having that fan whizzing away as one opened the engine compartment!

This Flxible Clipper still exists and has been donated to the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, PA by Dick Maguire who was the president of the Capitol Bus Company.

Don't know the date of this bus so if you do or have other information you would like to share then leave a comment below.

 

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Smitty | Mar 10, 2006 | 7:56 am

Is this bus for sale? It is almost exactly like my 1953---37 ft. long, converted to a motorhome when new so mine has much different interior. There is a bedroom and bathroom etc, very early factory motorhome. Tell me more about this bus, where it is, is it running, where can it be seen, etc. Mine has a 560 cu. in. ford coupled to an allison trans. Do you know what engine is in this Flxible?
Thanks, Smitty

ClassicBusDepot.com | Mar 10, 2006 | 12:48 pm

Smitty,

The photos you see of the Flxble above were captured on videotape by me back in 1994 at a Gathering of Buses in Harrisburg, PA.

Can't recall for sure, but I think it had a Buick engine. I'm not really a Flxible fan, but this bus was beautiful inside and out.

Feel free to send over photos and descriptions of your bus to submit@classicbusdepot.com and I'll post it on this site.

Vince Cannuscio | Sep 04, 2006 | 9:48 am

My son and I saw a vintage bus sitting in a golf course parking lot and my son commented to me that he was surprised that someone wasn't restoring these old buses for RV's. Well after seeing the movie RV where there is a Flxible Clipper featured I started think that I might want to try and find one of these vintage buses and restore it as a RV. Where can I find information on where I can buy one for restoration and has anyone documented the processes? How do you know if the motor is restorable and if the chassis is roadworthy? I am about 16 monhts away from retirement from the local Fire Dept so a project like this would be exciting and fun. Any information would be helpful. Thanks

george | Oct 26, 2006 | 5:04 am

Hope the upcoming Corgi diecast replica does it justice!

alteredbeast1958 | Dec 13, 2006 | 6:09 pm

My Brother's and I have 1947 Flxible Clipper For Sale that was a GoodYear Bimp Bus when new! If we can't find a buyer, we will part it out and scrap it. She does Need a bit Love and Work, but she is Restoreable, it was converted into a Country Band Motor-Home Bus, and later redone again.

Dan Adams phone 330-724-8780 or email at alteredbeast1958@aol.com

alteredbeast1958 | Dec 16, 2006 | 12:17 am

Vince And Son,

Are You And Your Son Still Wanting To Buy A FFlxible Clipper To Restore And Convert Into A ConvertionMotor-Home?!?; If So Please Give Me A Call Dan Adams 330-724-8780 Or e-Mail Me At ALTEREDBEAST1958@aol.com

Susan Joyce Wood | Nov 27, 2008 | 10:04 pm

I have a 1942 Flxible bus. It used to be a Geyhound in the Bay Area. I've had it since I was a kid, my daddy bought it off the lines for me at my request. He spoiled me, and he was rich. It's the Yellow Submarine.. It's had a rich life, used as the lunch wagon on family gatherings, and loaning it to the Beatles was fun.. Such is the logo.. Email me an address and I can send some photos. My cousin Lowell teases me over it, because I put his bus' plates on my bus. His is a '45, duh, the dash is different and the VINs won't match his paperwork, of course. Love him, but...
-daqueen/"Joyce"

ejohn | Jun 24, 2010 | 6:53 pm

My Father had a 1942 Flxible. He would take us traveling across the country every Summer. We would travel to the Family Motor Coach Association conventions (they were called bus meets back then because there were no motor homes). His FMCA # was 1029, now they are in the 500,000's. I was young but still have good memories of it. He sold it in the early '70s to a local musical band. We saw it once after that, the inside was gutted and the outside was painted an awful light brown.
Joyce, I'd love to see pic's of your 42 Flxible. Let me know if I can get ahold of them. Thanx!

Originally posted on December 12, 2008 6:24:46 PM EST

Jax Rhapsody | Jun 24, 2010 | 6:54 pm

This is a beautiful bus. I wish I could get my hands on it. Sadly our public transit TARC(.org) is trying to scrap the Flxibles we have, can't let that happen. They deserve better.

Originally posted on November 16, 2009 11:32:35 PM EST

Jax Rhapsody | Jun 24, 2010 | 6:54 pm

Sorry ridetarc.org

Originally posted on November 16, 2009 11:32:35 PM EST

Sherri | Jul 06, 2010 | 11:07 pm

We have a 1956 Flxible bus for sale. Please email me with if interested. Sherri

Sherri | Jul 06, 2010 | 11:09 pm

We have a 1956 Flixable Bus for sale. Please email me if interested! Sherri

Sherri | Jul 06, 2010 | 11:11 pm

We have a 1956 Flixable Bus for sale. Please email me if interested. Sherri@lacodaart.com
Thank you!

Lee Fox Auctioneer | Sep 14, 2010 | 7:56 am

Have a great 1980 Flixible 38,000 miles for auction oct 23rd for state of new jersey used by state police for classes only.
Lee M. Fox Auctioneer

Dave Reisch | Dec 08, 2010 | 5:27 am

I've been living in my '46 Flxi since '81- I'm Emailing you from the back bed right now--

Stuart Phillips | Jan 26, 2011 | 4:41 pm

I would like to find a flexible shorty bus to buy. Seated preferably. If you know of one pleasde contact me. Thanks

Tim Barry | Oct 10, 2011 | 2:18 pm

My brother has purchased a '41 Flxible bus that is MISSING the Eagle Crest on the front, under the windshield. I'd like to find him a replacement for a Christmas present. Anyone have a lead to finding a replacement? Thanks! Tim

DeserTBoB | Nov 02, 2011 | 12:42 am

There was a guy in Orange County, CA, who had a whole fleet of '47 through early '50s Clippers...Thompson Transportation. He repowered them all with GMC ToroFlows with 5 speeds. They were beautifully detailed and upholstered. Never heard what happened to him or his Flxies. Word got out that his service was unpopular with groups because of low seat capacity and no A/C.

Matthias Broda | Dec 04, 2012 | 4:17 am

Looking for a flxible
I would like to start a trip in January with my son, we want to go down the whole way to Argentina and back

we are searching for a strong flxble, just give me sign if you know one matthias@system180.com

Thank you


Matthias Broda

Chris Emmerson | Feb 23, 2013 | 8:59 pm

Could someone please supply me with some interior shots of an original coach as I am planning on doing an illustration of several of these coaches under restoration and need some pictures of original seats.
Sincerely, Chris Emmerson





 

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