1919 Two-ton Stoughton Bus

You may have never heard of Stoughton. They are apart of the fabric of American station wagon and truck history. Founded in 1865, Stoughton eventually evolved into Stoughton Trailers, who today specialize in building road freight semi-trailers in Stoughton, Evansville, and Broadhead, Wisconsin. This is the same company that innovated so many features in modern trucks, including Sleeper Cabs and boxes. Billy Durant purchased the Star Motor Company in 1923 and immediately chose Stoughton to build the 1923 Star Station Wagon body as part of his ever-growing line of automobiles. Stoughton, under the leadership of President Fridtjof Vea, expanded from just building wagon and truck bodies to introducing its own line of heavy-duty trucks in 1919. Initially there were half, one and two-ton models available. A three-ton model with a 13-foot wheelbase followed later on. This was a massive vehicle for its day and was even offered in fire truck configurations that featured with large water tanks. They offered flatbed, stake-bed, van and bus models. This two-ton bus is a classic Stoughton 1919 model. It shows the extensive use of wood framing and paneling. These Stoughton buses were powered by either Continental, or Midwest engines, depending upon which model and/or year. It would be a few more years before wood-framed and panel buses would cease to be built, but metal was gaining favor as the new mantra! This 14-passenger Stoughton bus is on show at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, Home of the famed Spruce Goose.

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