Open Roads, May | Lot 165
1969 Blue Bird Wanderlodge
$37,400 USD | Sold
| Hollywood, Florida
19 - 26 May 2021
- Ordered in 1968 by the executives of Stroehmann Brothers Pennsylvania Dutch Bakeries
- Believed to be a one-off twin dinette floor plan purchased at the cost of $48,000 in 1968
- Powered by a 391 cu. in. Ford Industrial engine with Petronix ignition
- Allison MT40 six-speed automatic transmission
- Accompanied by period photos, original brochures, Issue no. 3 of the FMCA magazine highlighting the Wanderlodge story, Bluebird factory correspondence, and the original “Bluebook” factory documents
Wanderlodge No. 135 was produced and ordered in 1968 by the executives of Stroehmann Brothers Pennsylvania Dutch Bakeries. Built to order number 135 featured a one-off twin dinette floor plan with twin rear beds and twin 60 gallon water tanks, refrigerator, stand-alone freezer, but was not fitted with a shower. Reportedly purchased at the cost of $48,000 in 1968. Stock holders in shock of its extravagance demanded immediate sale of the Wanderlodge.
The Wanderlodge was listed for sale in 1969 and subsequently sold to its following enthusiastic owner who cherished and enjoyed the bus throughout the United States and Canada. Reportedly the bus pilgrimed to the Daytona 500 yearly between 1970 and 1999. Pictures of their travels are located in the accompanying file.
The current and third owner acquired the Wanderlodge in 2006. Interestingly the third owner had followed the Wanderlodge since 1991. The interior is presented as original and has been well preserved and maintained. Between 2009 and 2010 a complete exterior, bare metal repaint was commissioned in its original colors and finished in aviation Imron. All tires replaced in 2017 and equipped with Accuride polished aluminum wheels.
The Blue Bird is powered by a 391 cu. in. Ford Industrial motor that is fitted with Petronix ignition and mated to an Allison MT40 six-speed automatic transmission. The bus is equipped with LED interior bulbs, modern Coleman HVAC units and a 6.5-kw Onan generator. Spare parts include the original goat rails and roof deck with cargo carrier and life raft. New old stock bendix compressor, and water pump, in addition to the original oil bath air cleaner, spare belts, filters and hoses.
Under current ownership the Wanderlodge has been lovingly enjoyed on many weekend adventures as the previous long term owners did, evident in the numerous period photographs of the Wanderlodge includd in the file. Additional items accompanying the bus include period original brochures, Issue no. 3 of the FMCA magazine highlighting the Wanderlodge story, Bluebird factory correspondence, and the original “Bluebook” factory documents.