Sylvain Floirat’s firm called Floirat was already established as a leading coachbuilder in France before World War II (in later years, he took over the controlling operations of Isobloc, Besset, etc.). For a very long time, he was wanting to construct a small bus for operating in small towns.
Isobloc, the company he bought already had a running model (American licensed) called the Y53. Floirat modified this bus by putting additional seats (the new bus seated 30 passengers) and offered bus operators, a choice of two engines – Spanish built Hispano Hercules and French-made Panhard. The cost of operating these buses was comparatively lower than other buses in the same segment.
This new bus model called the Floirat Y55 soon became a popular hit. Even bus builder Saviem (later a Renault subsidiary) brought this new model and sold them under their own brand. The most interesting aspect was that Saviem sold ten times more than the number of buses that Floirat could sell under their own name.
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||9 x 3 x 4|
|Color||Blue / White|