Spartan Coach & Manufacturing Co. - 1946-1949 - Sturgis, Michigan


In the years following World War II, as automobiles became plentiful, bus riding declined, and the smaller companies in the U.S. intercity bus industry wanted new vehicles that would cost less to buy and operate. One of the answers was provided by the Spartan coach, designed by Howard Munshaw (formerly with Pony Cruiser). A 21-­passenger bus on a 170-inch wheelbase and equipped with an International engine and 5-speed Fuller transmission, the original type of Spartan had a framework of welded steel tubing similar to that of the Aerocoach. A few Spartans were also sold to major operators, which used them for feeder routes and other lightly traveled lines, and five went to Nairn Transport of Syria. Two larger models seating 25 and 29 passengers were introduced in 1949, but by that time the trend in the industry was to the introduction of new features such as air-conditioning to attract more business rather than to cut costs, and only about 20 buses were sold in 1949. The company was shut down, and Howard Munshaw went on to form Cub Industries and build small transit buses instead.



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