While Mecum Auctions listings are usually full of beautiful cars, sometimes looking through them gets a bit repetitive. There’s no shortage of well-kept or expertly restored vintage and muscle cars that head to the company’s various auctions each year, so it can be hard to spot something that is truly unique and not just another variant of the C2 Corvette or first-generation Camaro.
We were recently perusing Mecum Auctions‘ lot listing for something interesting and spotted this 1999 Mauck 1120S bus, which will cross the auction block at its upcoming Kansas 2019 sale in early December. If you have no idea what you’re looking at here (we didn’t either when we first stumbled across it), then allow us provide some brief background information.
Mauck Special Vehicles was a Worthington, Ohio-based specialty shop founded by a man named Andy Mauck. It built over 100 examples of its 1120 bus between 1996 and 1998 before it was bought out by a group of transit industry executives and re-named Advanced Bus Industries. From that point forward, Advanced Bus Industries focused its efforts on commercial bus programs, developing futuristic-looking city buses and shuttles.
The MSV 1120 was all about luxury, though. Each unit was hand-built and featured a fiberglass body wrapped around a sturdy carbon steel frame. The interior usually featured TVs, VCRs, fridges and leather upholstery, among other luxury items, and the buses were priced at around $200,000. Not surprisingly, this helped attract numerous celebrity owners – including boxing champion and affordable grill purveyor George Foreman.
Power for the MSV 1120 came from a 454 Chevrolet Big Block. MSV helped cut back on costs by using numerous other GM parts-bin components as well, including GM suspension and brakes. Interestingly, the circular fog lamps were plucked from the Dodge Viper.
Now, Mecum is offering you the opportunity to bid on and own one of these rare luxury buses/RVs. Its listing for the MSV 1120S that will be sold in Kansas next month is short on details, but looks to be in decent shape and has a brown leather interior complete with fridges, woodgrain cabinets and a flat-screen TV. If you’re in the market for an RV, it may be worth a look. After all, why buy a regular RV when you can buy this retro-futuristic oddball with Viper fog lights?
Check out the listing at this link for additional information and photos.