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75 th anniversary

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75 th anniversary


PREVOST #1, 1924 

           PREVOST H3-45, 1999 


  • The beginning (1915-1957)

     Prevost Car, a leading manufacturer of Premium Luxury intercity touring coaches and the world-leading manufacturer of 'Ultimate' Class bus shells for high-end motorhome and specialty conversion, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founder Eugene Prevost (1898-1965) and the 75th anniversary of its manufacturing activities.

     The name Prevost has been a household name in Ste-Claire, Qc Canada,  since 1915; eversince Eugene Prevost set up shop in this bucolic township of  3,500 just 30 miles south of Québec City. Word quickly got around as people began to recognize the quality and styling of the custom furniture and cabinetry that came out of Mr. Prevost's shop. By the early twenties everybody in the area knew of the Ste.Claire-born entrepreneur who took pride in turning out remarkable custom projects.

Eugene Prevost was always looking for a new challenge. His eyes gleamed when his long-time friend Georges Roy challenged him to built a wooden bus body on a brand new 1924 REO truck chassis.

Prevost #1


Prevost #2

Prevost would build one coach body a year, as a winter project until, pressed by demand decision was made to build a bus manufacturing shop in 1937. Dupont 1938



In those days, roads were not plowed in wintertime. They were groomed with grates and rollers to pack the snow so people could commute by horse sleds and snowmobiles during the hard season.

     Over the next decade, the demand for Prevost coach bodies grew steadily and additions to the original plant were made just about every other year. By 1947, the Prevost bus plant had grown to 22,000 square feet As new materials and new equipment became available,  Prevost buses went from wooden structure and body, to metal body over wooden structure ,


Wood on wood

Wood on wood

and then in 1946,  to all-metal body over integral metal structure.   

Metal on wood

Metal on metal

      Custom coach work was Prevost's forte: stretching passenger cars, manufacturing reservoirs for oil delivery trucks, building body-on-chassis school and city buses, building intercity buses with integral structure, creating specialty vehicles...


     Customization work demanded that Prevost's manufacturing facilities be almost self-contained with metal and wood-working shops, foundry, die-casting and plating capabilities. It even built its own windows and seats.
Shortly after World War II, the plant was expanded to 40,000 square feet to meet the post-war booming demand. From then through 1951, Prevost was commissioned to build 100 highway buses the Canadian Government (66 went to the Department of National Defense) establishing the name Prevost as a reliable and performing coach manufacturer.


In the mid-fifties,

the cycle of prosperity started to decline for coach manufacturers all across North America. Some twenty-five bus makes disappeared almost overnight and Les Ateliers Prevost's activities came close to a halt

Continue with The mid-years (1957-1967)


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