I Don’t Need It But I Want It: 1990 Hino Bus Edition

Located in Virgina, Japanese Classics is a goldmine of JDM vehicles. They range from extremely cool and rare (in our market) to relatively sedate JDM versions of vehicles we already get. There’s a lot I’d love to own from them, but for some reason, it’s this beast that caught my eye today; a 1990 Hino Bus.

The team at Japanese Classics too in the white Hino Rainbow 22-passenger bus. The first order of business was spraying it black, and adding a gold livery. All of the taillights have been relocated to the bumper, which will be messy if you ever get in an accident but fit the look and feel of something like this.

hino bus

Inside, there’s a great blue, green, gold color pattern happening on the seats. And if you look to the left of the steering wheel you will see that this big bus baby has a five-speed manual gearbox. Additionally, the simple gauge cluster is extremely pleasing on an aesthetic level.

hino bus

Power is delivered via a 7.6-liter diesel engine, and the whole affair shows just 45,000 miles on the odometer (via 71k in kilometers).

hino bus

I don’t need a bus. But I do want this bus. Check out the full listing at Japanese Classics.

6 Comments

  1. Love the seats– I’d paint the exterior to match that fabric, with a base deep blue and green/yellow graphic stripes. Hate the curtains with a passion. The retro instrument panel and long, lightning-bolt shifter are sweet.

  2. I, for one have always wondered what it would be like to sit sideways on a bus while getting swatted by a chandelier.

    At last I have my chance.

  3. In the grand scheme of “amazing camper/RV conversions”, this seems like a great place to start! Tons of space, super interesting, you could easily do a long trip in one of these and sleep in it along the way. Maybe all-in for $50K depending on how you equip it?

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