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Episode 498

Mauck Special Vehicles
Fri, 2018-Sep-14 00:24 UTC
Length - 2:37

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Welcome to random Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a random Wikipedia page every day.

The random article for Friday, 14 September 2018 is Mauck Special Vehicles.

Mauck Specialty Vehicles was created by Andy Mauck. It was a builder of custom bus-like vehicles headquartered in Worthington, Ohio, United States, near the headquarters of Worthington Industries, run by John McConnell, who provided the early financing to get the MSV off the ground. Mauck had previously sold custom firetrucks for a company called Sutphens.

The formal vehicle name was the Mauck MSV 1120s, where the first "1" stood for the model number, the "12" stood for the wheelbase, and the "0" was intended to refer to option packages. The "s" had no meaning.

Mauck built vehicles in association with Custom Coach Corporation of Columbus, Ohio. Celebrities such as Alan Jackson and George Foreman were among those who purchased MSV's as customized after-market vehicles. They had an expensive price tag—often in excess of $200,000—which limited the number of orders. In June 1998 the company was purchased by a group of investors and became known as Advanced Bus Industries.

Over 100 units were built between 1996 and 1999. Many were shipped overseas; others were put into service as micro-buses running municipal routes, often with handicapped access. Cities with MSV's in service included Dayton, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, CA. Those used as commercial buses were typically of the 30-foot (9.1 m) variety, whereas personal vehicles were 25 feet (7.6 m). The MSV was just under 8 feet (2.4 m) tall (with a low-floor configuration that permitted nearly 6.5 feet (2.0 m) of headroom), and 8 feet (2.4 m) wide. Mileage averaged about 10 mpg depending on engine selected, which provided adequate range given the standard 35-gallon tank.

This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 00:24 UTC on Friday, 14 September 2018.

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