Mount Cook Denning 501
MAKE & MODEL: Mount Cook Denning Jomboliner Mk1. (Registered as Custom Built Denning)
BODYWORK: Mount Cook Group Limited, Christchurch.
CHASSIS: Mount Cook Group Limited, Christchurch.
ENGINE: Detroit V692, 2-Stroke
YEAR BUILT: 1977
CURRENT CITY: Dunedin
SEATING: 42 + Driver
Mount Cook Landliner 501 “City of Wellington” is the first of its kind to be built in New Zealand.
Built in 1977 by Mount Cook Denning in Christchurch, a joint venture between Mount Cook Group of New Zealand and Alan B Denning of Queensland, Australia. This coach rolled off the production line in Christchurch in July 1977 and was initially allocated to be the “show and tell” vehicle of the company and toured the country before it was put to work o the Wellington – Auckland route.
As 501 stands today she retains her 1980s refurbished Mount Cook Landlines interior including 42 comfortable seats, retrofitted air conditioning and an onboard lavatory. 501 is powered by a rear mounted V6 Detroit turbo charged 2-stroke 9.1 litre diesel engine together with a 4-speed Allison automatic transmission and airbag suspension making travel on the road effortless.
This magnificent powerful coach worked for Mount Cook Landlines, H&H Travel Lines of Invercargill, McDermotts Coach Lines of Winton and Good Time Tours of Christchurch.
Early May 2012 saw the sale of this coach to Society Chairman, Philip J Riley for preservation. It now operates as part of the Society’s heritage bus fleet as their long distance charter coach generating income enabling the Society to fundraise for other restoration projects.
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