El Dorado System - Motor Transit Co. - 1925-1930 - Los Angeles, California


In common with other large California stage operators, Motor Transit Co. was drawn into equipment manu­facturing by its dissatisfaction with commercially avail­able buses. From modifications through reconstruction efforts to full-scale assembly, Motor Transit progressed from a buyer (mostly of Whites) to a builder of buses. The most significant step was taken in 1925, when Buda six­-cylinder engines began to be used in place of White fours (White did not have a six until 1926). Use of an emblem and slogan identifying the company as the "El Dorado System" led to the use of the name El Dorado for the buses.

Approximately 70 buses were built for Motor Transit's own use, plus possibly a few for other southern California carriers, during the five years of production. They ranged from small stages and bus-truck combination vehicles (generally referred to as "combos") with compound trans­mission to large 33-passenger buses for heavy suburban work. Production ceased when Motor Transit came under the control of the Pacific Electric Railway.



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