Rick Wells, News On 6
TULSA, Oklahoma -- It could be the bargain of a lifetime for the right buyer, with lots of memories of bachelor parties and carrying brides to the church. You could be tooling around town in a piece of Tulsa transportation history - and the bell still works.
Celebrated in song and once part of American life, trolleys are part of our history. You can have one of your very own for a fraction of the original price.
"We're asking 17,500," said Bill White of the Bill White Company. "The original price in 1984 was probably $225,000."
White says the trolley that's up for sale is the last of four original trolleys.
"Tulsa Transit Authority, in about 1984, bought four Tulsa Trolleys and sold three to Corpus Christi five years later," White said.
Since then it's operated downtown, ferrying folks to and from work and for events, like weddings.
"Bringing the out-of-town guests to the church, ideal for that kind of use," White said. "Ideal for 10 couples going out to a restaurant; ideal for Christmas light tours," White said.
Ideal for that, but not so much for everyday. It has good tires, a Detroit diesel engine and automatic transmission.
Let's go for a ride.
Cliff Mosley is driving. While we rode I heard about the real wood trim inside and out. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Some area communities have contacted him about it, and some nostalgic folks like me.
How in the world would I hide a $17,000 purchase in the family budget?
Ah well, one more time, Cliff. Please.