The accident and the legal battle afterward were recounted in a book by James S. BySuperior and Studebaker had the only complete line of professional cars in the North American market.
The watershed year of also brought new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for school buses built after April 1, which increased both costs and engineering challenges. In the years that followed, hearses were styled on CadillacLaSalleand Pontiac chassis.
Mid Bus Although large school bus manufacturing was discontinued with the model year, Mid Busa new small business based in Lima organized by three former employees, resumed production of the smallest Superior school buses, beginning with a workforce of seven persons.
The ambulance sector switched to larger vehicles based upon van, cutaway van chassisand truck chassis.
The Garford proved to be the most practical truck under all conditions. Although no legal determination of product liability was ever made, Sheller-Globe and Ford Motor Company each contributed substantially to the settlement funds for those injured and the Superior manufactoring of those who were killed.
As ofthe Carrollton bus disaster remained one of the two worst bus accidents in U. The bus had been built only 9 days before the FMVSS standards would have required additional collision protection of the fuel tank.
Carrollton bus disaster[ edit ] Main article: Professional cars[ edit ] Inthe hearse business of Superior was sold to Tom Earnhart.
The model year saw a major downsizing in the Cadillac automobile chassis used for the professional car business. Chrysler Executive Seriesa longer- wheelbase version of the Chrysler The company had continuing success for several years, and on the strength of this arrangement, rose to a prominent position in the professional-car business.
Carrollton bus disaster Innearly a decade after Sheller-Globe exited the school bus manufacturing business, a disastrous accident occurred with one of the Superior bus bodies it had built. Bythe company had added ChryslerDeSotoand Dodge chassis to its funeral coach line, offering customers a smaller investment and lower overhead.
Bidding competition for reduced volumes became devastating to profits and even liquidity. Inhaving achieved success and having established a dealer network of its own, Superior left the partnership with Studebaker and began building bodies on General Motors platforms.
The small business of Mid Bus grew successfully, and after a move to a much larger facility at Bluffton, Ohiowas acquired by Collins Industries in Faced with these challenges, industry over-capacity among school bus manufacturers, the loss of ambulance business in the professional car sector and decreased sales of funeral coaches due to higher production and sales costs, Sheller-Globe Corporation liquidated its Superior Coach Company-related investments in lateand portions of its assets were sold.
The company diversified, introducing a line of hearse and ambulance bodies known as professional cars and becoming a major producer of school bus bodies for the U.
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Inthe company changed its name to the Superior Body Company and moved its operations to Lima, Ohio, where it occupied a new plant housing a large manufacturing facility and administrative offices.Download