Crown Ikarus 286

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Crown Ikarus 286
Transit Authority of River City 409-a.jpg
286 Front View
Years of manufacture 1980 to 1985
Length 60 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
1985 Crown Ikarus 286 Assembly Photo 8-a.jpg
286 Rear View

The Crown Ikarus 286 was a articulated transit bus manufactured by Crown Coach Corporation & Ikarus. The prototype 286 was built by Ikarus in late 1977. It was used as Ikarus's demonstration bus to enter the U.S. market. Due to the Federal Transportation Administration's regulations of the time, which would later become the Buy America Act of 1982, the 286 was required to have been built with 50% American labor and 50% American parts. In 1979, Ikarus struck an agreement with Crown, who would complete the assembly of the Hungarian-built buses in Los Angeles, CA. No orders were made after late 1984 and the contract between Crown & Ikarus ceased in 1986 after lawsuits arose from TriMet, due to defects with the buses. Ikarus would later contract with Orion in 1984 to sell the 286 in Canada as the Orion III.


Length: 60'
Width: 102"
Height: 10.5'
Wheelbase: ?
Turn Radius: 39'
Engine Emissions Availability
Cummins NHHTC-290 14.0L 290 hp 1980 to 1982?
Cummins NHHTC-300 14.0L 300 hp (Standard) 1980 to 1985
Cummins NHHTC-350 14.0L 350 hp (Optional) 1980 to 1985
Cummins NHHTCC-350 14.0L 350 hp (Optional) California 1980 to 1985
Transmission Availability
Allison HT-740 (Standard) 1980 to 1983
Allison HT-747 (Standard) 1983 to 1985
Allison HT(B)-748 (Optional) 1984 to 1985
Voith D864.2 (Optional) 1982? to 1985
Rock-well International
Thermo King
Power Steering

Photo Gallery


Factory Photos


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Original Operators

Second-Hand Operators

Demonstrator/Engineering Units

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VIN Engine Transmission Notes
Ikarus 286 Demonstrator 6900-a.jpg 1977 286.K1.001.77 Cummins NHHTC-290 Allison HT-740
1980 Crown Ikarus 286 Demonstrator-a.jpg 1980 TRABJ__A_AB100016 Cummins NHHTC-300
781 Edmonton Transit System demo 781.jpg 10/1981
TRABJ41A2BB100108 Cummins NHHTC-290 TriMet demonstrator for the Edmonton Transit System in July 1982.[18][19]

Privately Owned Units

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VIN Engine Transmission Previous Owner(s) Fleet
Current Owner Notes
1980 TRABJ11A5AB100011 Detroit Diesel 6L71TA Allison HT-740 Transit Authority of River City
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  • Originally powered by a Cummins NHHTC-290 engine before being sold to CUMTD.
  • Bought by an owner/operator out of state (IL); a registration was noted on 3/17/2008.[20]
  • Unknown current status
TRABJ41A2BB100093 Cummins NHHTC-290 Voith D864.2 TriMet 766 Private Owner
  • Bought by a private owner in Weiser, ID for storage in 1999.
  • It was listed for sale in March 2018 and was sold to a private owner from Russia who resides in Idaho. The owner launched, a website dedicated to the Crown Ikarus 286, along with blogs about his bus.[21][22]
? Cummins NHHTC-290 TriMet 7xx Private Owner
  • Tractor only, no trailer.
  • Spotted sitting by the Oregon Coast on 8/1/2016.[23]
  • Listed on Craigslist in Brookings, OR on 4/12/2018[24] & on 6/24/2019.[25]
? Cummins NHHTC-290 TriMet 7xx ?
  • RV conversion.
  • It was found abandoned in Clovis, NM in September 2013.[26][27]
  • Unknown current status.
? Cummins NHHTC-290 TriMet 7xx Private Owner
  • Chopped down and turned into a 40 foot RV conversion.
  • It was spotted in Happy Valley, OR. It may remain as of 2019.[28]
TRABJ41A2BB100113? TriMet 786? Private Owner
  • Bought by an unknown private owner circa 1999.
  • Sold to a 2nd private owner in Washington, who converted it into a rally racing bus for the Gambler 500 in July 2017. Its original engine was replaced.[29][30][31]
Ex-Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 1702-a.jpg
Ex-Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 1702-b.jpg
TRABJ11A0DB000114 Cummins NHHTC-300 Allison HT-740 Santa Clara County Transit District
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
Private Owner
  • Bought by Zacher's Auto Salvage in Harbor City, CA.
  • Sold to a private owner, a woodworker in Mill City, OR circa 1997-2000. It was spotted on ebay in December 2007 as an unfinished RV conversion.[32]
    • It was sold to a private owner in South Dakota circa 2010 after the previous owner passed away. The owner retains the bus as of 2021.[33]
TRABJ_1A_DB100133 Cummins NHHTC Jacksonville Transportation Authority 8305 ?
  • Converted into a mobile stage bus.
  • Spotted on ebay in 2007.[32]
  • Unknown current status.
? Cummins NHHTC Jacksonville Transportation Authority 83xx ?
  • Tractor only, no trailer.
  • Found in Lake Butler, FL.[34]
  • Non-operational
TRABJ_1A_EB100227 Cummins NHHTC Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County 1447 Private Owner
  • Found in between Navasota, TX & Anderson, TX on 1/17/2014.[35] It was sitting in the same spot since at least 2005. It remains externally intact as of 2021.[36][37]
  • Non-operational

External Links


  • Andrew Novak