Buses

Ikarus Lux i.e. 55-14

After the first Ikarus 55 had retired in the middle of the 60's, along came the Ikarus Lux that had a similar body but the inside was modified and the seats all faced in one direction. All 30 seats looked kind of stiff and people were justified to ask what was so luxurious about it. But it had Ikarus Lux written on it, so obviously it was luxurious.

Ikarus 55-52

1965 was the year when someone cut a guitar out from a piece of plywood and the local fashion magazine wrote about emancipated independent women. Basically, the only beautiful thing that happened this year was the Ikarus 55-52 that rolled out from a factory in Hungary. If there is one truly beautiful bus in the world then it must be this Ikarus. In its past life, this specific specimen rolled along the grand autobahns of the German Democratic Republic and carried pioneers with blue neckties. The stylish cabin includes over 40 seats and 4 tables.

Volvo SKV Katrineholm

When Annika and Tommy went to visit Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking in Villa Villekulla then they took the SKV Katrineholm city bus built on the frame of this 1962 Volvo. Other celebrities have rode on this bus too, because there are 43 seats, in addition to the driver's, conductor's and mailman's seats.

Ikarus 255

Hungarian inventor Ernõ Rubik invented his Rubik's cube in 1974 probably as he was sitting on the back seat of the Ikarus 255 and relaxing to the soft purring of the engine. Our Ikarus 255, which rolled out of the Magyar factory in 1979, was at the moment the most rectangular bus out there and it was nicknamed The Aquarium for a reason. The 36 passengers on the bus could see the world and be seen by the world at the same time.

Mercedes Benz O303

The Mercedes Benz O303-15RHD with its 45 seats seems like a regular bus today. But imagine the year 1984 – on this side of the Iron Curtain we were hyped about folding bicycles and sneakers, while somewhere out there, German tourists were travelling around in an air-conditioned bus with two colour TV's, WC and a sink, a refrigerator and a coffee machine. All we are left with now is either tears or powerless fury.

Setra S6

The S6 was as innovative in the bus industry of the 50’s as an independently driving electrical car is today. Sci-Fi authors weren't impressed because they had seen the S6 driving on other planets and working people didn't want to ride it because the UFOs got access to their thoughts right through the class roof. Self-conscious beautiful people ride in it because the same way the passengers looked out from the bus, everyone could see in. A ride in that bus was as comfortable as riding in a VW beetle.

Setra S80

Setra S80, born in 1976, was a definite hotshot back in the day. Not everyone was allowed on board. And not everyone would have fitted either, because it was the smallest member of the trendy large-windowed Setra bus series. If the largest Setra would fit nearly 60 people then our tiny but adorable German bus has places for 30 people.

RAF 2203 "Latvija"

Latvians have given us two great things – song festival in Jurmala and a little bus to get there. Before RAF "Latvija", we had taxis and buses. But after the engineers at Jelgava came up with the genius idea to combine the two and produce a route taxi (a minibus) with 11 seats, life was not the same. Imagine – even doctors no longer had to transport the patients in the trunk of a limousine or in the back of a lorry. Our Latvian friend was born in 1986.

TA 6-1

Some people have only two lives, but this bus has had the chance to be reborn four times. Each time the bus has gained a feature and so by today the model is called TA 6-1.

ZIS 127

When Stalin was everywhere, then he literally was everywhere, even on the nose of the first Soviet intercity express bus ZIS 127 – an acronym of Zavod Imeni Stalina (Factory named for Stalin). Of course today, we are used to fast and comfortable buses, but to embrace the background of the fancy bus built in 1956 better, we let you know that a year earlier people travelled in the back of lorries listening to the sound of the tarpaulin fluttering in the wind.

Carrus 602 Star

This bus is the bus of all buses, but most people do not even know that it is a bus. Most buses rolling around in Nordic countries are Carruses. These buses never break thanks to the body constructed on a Volvo or Scania basis that will never rust because it is made of stainless metal. No normal human being has ever heard of a bus called Carrus yet everyone has travelled in one. We did not want the Carruses to feel left aside so we decided to promote one of them and add it to our shiny set of timeless buses.

GAZ 24-17 Volga

People still remember that in the olden days, when a black Volga drove by, then Hr.Käbin is going to Keila-Joa. And when you spot a yellow Volga, then this is obviously a taxi, so you can boldly gesture with your hand to stop the car. If there is a tiny green light shining in the front corner of the windshield, that means the taxi is available and it can be surely stopped. One must take in account that one who dears to stop the taxi, must have cash. For that reason there is no benefit in waving your students card in the drivers face and to tease the yellow „kitty“ of the great national economy sector.