Story: Coaches and long-distance buses

Cadillac service car

Cadillac service car

A Newmans service car pauses in the grounds of Nelson Cathedral with several members of the Newman family inside, probably in the late 1930s. This Cadillac 353FF was built in 1935, and could seat 13 passengers. The bodywork was done by Crawley Ridley, motor body builders in Tory Street, Wellington. They built many coach bodies for Newmans from the 1930s to the mid-1950s. The firm ‘stretched’ and ‘rebodied’ service cars to fit an extra row of seats.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Railways Collection (PAColl-5167)
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Jane Tolerton, 'Coaches and long-distance buses - Service cars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010