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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Saturday January 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM
 
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Interesting. My father owned and operated a small bus line that had a couple of Flxible
early 1950's buses with Buick straight 8 engines. I found this on Wikipedia:

"In 1913, Hugo H. Young and Carl F. Dudte founded the Flexible Side Car Company in Loudonville, Ohio, to manufacture motorcycle sidecars with a flexible mounting to the motorcycle. The flexible mounting allowed the sidecar to lean on corners along with the motorcycle, and was based on a design patented by Young.

"In 1919, the company dropped the first "E" in "flexible" and changed its name to The Flxible Company as the business looked for new opportunities to expand.

"After low-priced automobiles became available in the 1920s, the motorcycle sidecar demand dropped and in 1924, Flxible turned to production of funeral cars (hearses), and ambulances, which were primarily manufactured on Buick chassis, but also occasionally on Studebaker, Cadillac and REO chassis, and intercity buses, initially (1930s and early 1940s) built on GMC truck chassis, and powered with Buick Straight 8 engines." Wikipedia, see "Flxible."

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My father just about emptied the local wrecking yards of Buick straight 8s as he tried to keep those Flxible buses runnning into the late 1960's. But I don't remember his bringing one from an ambulance.
(It's a good looking model, BenD. Thanks for bringing back a flood of memories.)


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Interesting. My father owned and operated a small bus line that had a couple of Flxible by David Holcombe #27083.1
Very interesting David....I was wondering why they dropped the 'E'... by BenD Lampson #27083.1.1
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