Tuesday 22 November 2022

Bus times

Whatever happened to the Partridge Family bus? The one painted in the style of Dutch abstract Piet Mondrian; it probably won't surprise you that there are as many websites dedicated solely to this mystery as there are stars in the solar system. However, long story short, the 1955 Chevrolet 6800 purchased by the TV company in 1970 (from a school district in Orange County, California) for the show's pilot, finally met its maker in 1987. (There are witnesses who saw it in the scrapyard).

So, if you've seen one after then, rest assured you're looking at a copy. A bit like the Mondrian hanging in my office.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)


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    1. That's right, Martin; we have a Mystery Machine in Nottingham too.

  2. I'd forgotten that bus design, it's brilliant. Would love to see a whole convoy of buses with famous modern art paint jobs. Another one to add to my list of art projects which will never be realised!

  3. Like C, I'd forgotten about the bus - I was probably too busy swooning over David Cassidy.

    That Mondrian - he was ahead of his time.