Western Flyer Coach

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Western Flyer Coach was a manufacturer of buses and coaches based in Manitoba. It was founded by John Coval in 1930 as the Western Auto and Truck Body Works Ltd. The name was changed in 1948 to Western Flyer Coach as the company increased its focus on coach production.

Western Flyer introduced their "Canuck" highway coach model in 1955. Over the next ten years, it would see several iterations. The Canuck 500 and 600 were the last versions of the coach to be produced.

The coach market was a very competitive place for a small company like Western Flyer, especially with General Motors and Motor Coach Industries dominating the industry. In 1968, Western Flyer decided to end coach production and delivered its last intercity coach that year. Western Flyer further focused on the urban transit bus market with the introduction of the D700 and E700 models at the end of the decade.

Even with the release of the D700 and E700 models, Western Flyer was still a financially weak company. In 1971, the Manitoba Development Corporation stepped in to save Western Flyer and changed its name to Flyer Industries Limited in 1971.




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