Lot 123

Hershey 2017

1937 White Model 706 Yellowstone Park Tour Bus by Bender


$165,000 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • Originally supplied to Yellowstone National Park
  • Upgraded modern drivetrain, for ease of enjoyment
  • An icon of the West – and the ultimate party bus

For generations, visitors to Yellowstone National Park were chauffeured along the park’s scenic roads in massive open-air buses, produced by the White Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and operated by the privately owned Yellowstone Park Transportation Company. The last generation of these was the White 706, of which 98 were delivered between 1936 and 1938.

Constructed with a robust six-cylinder engine on an overbuilt 190-inch-wheelbase chassis, the White 706 bus was bodied by the Cleveland coachbuilders Bender, to a beautiful aerodynamic design by the famous automotive stylist, Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. A novel feature was a large canvas-covered roof that could be completely uncovered in good weather, providing nearly panoramic views of the park for the tourists riding inside.

The bus offered here, Yellowstone Park no. 402, has been subtly modified for more user-friendly, reliable road use, including the installation of a 300-cubic inch Ford inline six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, as well as power steering, a 1995 Ford F450 master cylinder with power brake booster, 12-volt electrical system, an electric fuel pump, and Autometer instruments. It can easily be driven on modern streets and highways, making it the ideal vehicle for transporting friends and families on special occasions. Even the largest party can go out on the town in this open-air mammoth!

Offered with charming period photographs of Yellowstone Park buses, this is sure to be the delightful centerpiece and visitor favorite of any collection that includes it. It has an amazing presence and offers more “fun per pound” than any other vehicle on offer this weekend.