The 1984 launch of the album Purple Rain and accompanying film introduced Prince to the peak of his fame. Prince went on tour that yr to advertise the album, and now the bus that served as his dwelling on the highway is scheduled to be auctioned off by Mecum in December.
First noticed by Silodrome, the bus is a 1983 Eagle Model 10 painted in a number of shades of purple (clearly), with a customized inside that may home as much as six individuals. It sports activities captain’s chairs from a non-public jet, plus a toilet, kitchen, and sofa that pulls out right into a double mattress.
Based on a chassis that may have additionally been used for intercity buses operated by the likes of Greyhound, the tour bus is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V92 engine which produces 270 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. A separate Power Tech 20-kilowatt diesel generator gives energy for the whole lot onboard, drawing from the primary gas tank.
A subsequent proprietor made a number of modifications, together with flatscreen televisions and onboard WiFi, however in any other case the bus seems to be in largely unique situation. All service manuals, data, and upkeep receipts are included within the sale.
Mecum famous that the bus has been a non-public motor coach since new, and has by no means been used commercially, however didn’t listing mileage. The itemizing does say that the bus rides on three-year-old tires, and has a one-year-old engine battery and deep-cycle home batteries.
If you are a Prince fan, or simply trying for a novel RV, the public sale runs December 3-5.