End 2018 members of the foundation “Velles Cases Andorranes” rescued an old tourist coach, a Dodge / Fargo, built between 1945 . This vehicle came from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, was shipped to Paris to be rebuilt into a coach by a well known carrosserie maker called CURRUS. It was brought into Andorra in 1949 where it started a regular bus service to La Seu d’Urgell and to Hospitalet pres d’Andorre .
Velles Cases Andorranes Link to Association Velles Cases Andorranes
For many decades two of these coaches were in service. One has disappeared. This Fargo was parked along the road between St. Julià de Lòria and Fontaneda. It was later bricked in, to avoid vandalism .
For about 40 years this particular coach remained there, until the President of “Velles Cases Andorranes” Claude Benet, and others rescued the vehicle from further decay. It’s in a remarkably good state, because of the dry weather in Andorra. This is an original historical coach which will be restored to it’s old glory. One of a kind.
The vehicle has been transported to a garage in Andorra la Vella. Following photos show the present state. March 2019
The plan is to restore this historic vehicle to prime condition, to be used in shows and on short journeys in Andorra.
An external link; brief history of the Fargo by Allpar.com
the Motor company Chrysler owned Dodge and Fargo. Fargo was advertised as: FARGO, Chrysler built truck in Canada.
By the time Canada entered World War II in 1939, a good many Fargo and Dodge trucks were being slated for military duty. Although Canadian passenger car production ceased along with American civilian auto production in 1942, trucks continued to be produced throughout the War. During this time, over 6,000 civilian-style Fargo vehicles were produced, likely for military use throughout the world. With the cessation of hostilities, the production of civilian trucks took off with the rest of the industry. In the final two of the six year run of FL models (1942 – 1947), over 22,000 Fargos were produced, almost four times that of the first four years combined.
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