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Dec.56 Caterpillar Yellow ALL Original DELUXE 23 Turn on always show all large photos     Ad id: 2524391
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Dec.56 Caterpillar Yellow ALL Original DELUXE 23   Price: $250k
Many of you know this Bus it is ALL ORIGINAL including the PAINT and INTERIOR with exception of the Headliner which was NEW in 2003, and It was done by Mark Lapriore and NO BODY does a Headliner 100% Correct like Mark does ... Including the Material , I believe he calls it "German Stretch Wool " I could be wrong, has been Many Years.

This Bus was the Very FIRST " PRESERVATION" Prior to it .. NO BODY Knew what a Preservation was .

Charlie Hamill was the Man in Charge on this Bus and he spent OVER 400 Hours with a Razor Blade Scraping the old Paint Off the bus . This work was started a few months after I bought the bus in 2000.

I had First Found this Bus a Few Years Prior around 1997-1998 when it was advertised on YAHOO/Cars.Com . I had dragged my feet for a Bit as during this Time frame .. NO BODY was Paying $20k for a 23 window! Next thing I know a Friend of Erik Meyers ( Simple Shoes ) bought the Bus , this after I had been Talking with the Original Owners back and Forth for Close to 1 year.. Long Story short that Buyer did nothing with the Bus except let his kid run into the Passenger Door and put a Giant dent in it. He knew I had been Talking with Original Owner for many Month's .. anyways Me and Charlie loaded my Truck / Trailer Up and Drove up to Santa Barbara and Bought the Bus . Unfortunately This Buyer Kept ALL Original Paperwork :-(

The Original Owner was Windell Shepered who owned " Shepered Caterpillar " which at the time from the '50's through '80's maybe into the '90's was the Largest Caterpillar Dealer in The Greater LA Basin with Multiple Locations ... BUT the Biggest Location was Off the 605 in Whittier , the street the dealership was Located on was Named " Sheppered " The Man was such a BALLER he would fly his Personal Helicopter from This Dealership to his house which was a Ranch in Michael Jacksons very small town of Santa Ynez.

When I first bought the Bus , it had Been Updated many Times by Mr. Sheppered and he had LOGO's on the Front Doors... Unfortunately when we scraped the whole Bus down, it lost these Logo's , I have Pics somewhere . Around 2003 I had Did a trade deal where I had Traded my '56 Speedster at the time for what would be at the time one of the very Nicest and LAST Wolfsburg Euro 23's ... When I got this Bus it had a Near Perfect Interior ... so We would Proceed with Keeping This Interior for the Yellow Bus and Putting a New Interior in the Wolfsburg Bus.

Long Story Short after 6 Years, Charlie Finished the PRESERVATION, the Bus is Not Perfect but is VERY NICE and it is Very Original. We did some Paint Blending in Multiple Areas .. but If you look at the Bus I don't think you can tell whats Been Painted and Whats Original Paint ...

3 Years ago or so I had George Schmidt of Butcher Shop Fame Build me a New 36hp Engine on a Blank Case ... this was Not cheap whats Invested in this Engine ... BUT it is PERFECT .. and when Charlie had the Bus we had Bob Mohler of Orange County do the Split Case Transmission thats in the Bus ... that IS a dated '56 Trans .

So in the End Everything has been Touched on this Bus and it really Needs NOTHING ... and it is Super ORIGINAL and the Only 1 We Know of Painted this Special Order Color

* WE Finished the Preservation in June of 2007 , Just In time to Make the Cover of HOT VW'S for the Vintage Issue of July '07

** If you don't like the Price Make a Serious Offer I might take something in Trade + Cash
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