Paramount Jack Conrad Band Bus 1934 by Autocult
From film prop to tour bus
In 1934, film director Alfred L. Werker recorded the musical-like play “Stolen
Harmony” on film and showed it for the first time in cinemas in December 1934.
The story in “Stolen Harmony” was based on a Big Band whose leader was
Jack Conrad. In a prison, he heard the inmate named Ray Ferrare playing a
saxophone and was very impressed. As soon as Ray Ferrarea was allowed to leave
the prison, Jack Conrad hired him for his band. Striking for the Big Band was
that Jack Conrad drove in a bus that did not fit into the usual idea of a bus
at the time. The movie bus was an eye-catcher wherever it appeared. So that it
was immediately associated with the Big Band, the name “Jack Conrad Band” was
fixed in large letters on both sides on the upper half of the roof. However,
the roof did not have a conventional shape, but ended in a powerful caudal fin
far above. But not only the rear was an eye-catcher, also the front deviated from
the usual. The driver did not sit on the level of the 36 passengers, but
steered the bus high up in a so called “crow’s nest’.
In “Stolen Harmony” the bus was described as luxurious, which certainly
corresponded to the taste of the time. The aerodynamically designed bus, based
on the findings of the aircraft industry, was used after the film shoot as a
vehicle for the tour booking at ‘Paramount Pictures’. How long it drove tourists
through the artificial film city has been forgotten over the decades, as well as
more details about the specifications of the bus. Neither the basis of the bus,
nor the engine manufacturer nor the company that took over the conversion of
the three-axle bus have survived. Apparently, the only certainty is that he
fell victim to the scrap press over the years.
|Description: ||Paramount Jack Conrad Band Bus 1934 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC10009 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1934 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||April 2022 |
|Weight: ||4600 grams |
|Comments: || |
Limited edition of 333 pieces.
NB - Cars in image not included
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.