1940 Howard Hughes Bus

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This bus was built in 1940 by the legendary Howard Hughes. It is one of 8 he built when he was with RKO Studios. They served as his mobile dressing rooms for location filming.

The bus has mahogany interior equipped with a full instrumental dash board, airplane seats, bathroom with toilet and shower, electric refrigerator, stove, oven, swamp cooler air condition and a generator for the remote desert and mountain location - can you believe this was built in 1940!


Note: Article published in Motorhome Monthly, Britain's former number one motorhome magazine, by Chris Burlace, now an author at Motorhome and Campervan Magazine.

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