AC DC 1973 Tour Bus

Today my friend Phillip and I decided to go to Willow Court. Those of you who visit our site regularly might remember my post featuring old cars for sale there. They are mostly very old cars and trucks largely in poor condition. I call it the car graveyard as the cars are wrecked but people buy them for parts or to fix up I guess. As there were a lot of different cars I hadn’t seen there I decided to get a few photos. Among them was a big surprise. The sign on this bus said it was the original AC DC tour bus from 1973. I was very surprised and took several photos and here they are.

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I’m not sure if Angus would find this very comfy to travel in now. It was full of junk and most of the seats had been pulled out. It really would be a long way to the shop to buy a sausage roll in this old bus. Still quite exciting to find it at Willow Court. Compared with the other cars, trucks and buses this one was in great shape. I was pleased since it was the AC DC bus. It’s part of rock and roll history. 


I came to Australia with my mother and sister Vanda in 1966 from the UK aboard the Sitmar liner Castel Felice. We settled in South Australia I lived in the western suburbs of Adelaide for most of my life. I became very interested in retro items in my twenties. It was always a dream of mine to have an old house and fill it with retro items. I have done it twice now. My main interest is collecting old things. They do not have to be valuable, only interesting. There is something reassuring about old retro items. I have all sorts of things including doll related items. My other interests are my beautiful pets, art and going for drives to who knows where. I also enjoy board games or doing a scenic jig saw puzzle on a wintry afternoon by the fire. My goal is to travel a bit more as there are some places I would love to see


  1. I took also took some shots of this about 1/2 hour ago I am now googling l9je mad to find out if it is genuine or just stickers someone has just put on any old bus

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    • Who knows Matthew but I thought it was pretty cool to see it just the same. It was rather unexpected and fun.


    • Really? Well that is exciting? I wonder who the new owners of it are and what they are going to do with it. Thanks for your message. I love to hear that a vintage vehicle has been saved. Let me know if you ever spot it again.


      • Hi again…I’ve become obsessed now with finding out where the bus is and who the owners are..was it for sale near your place or just on show.? Have an event in mind I wouldn’t mind making them an offer for for a day soonish.

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      • It would be pretty special to own it. It was for sale in a big antique place where they also sell vintage vehicles. I don’t know what it went for. Be interesting to find out. Let me know if you find out anything on it. Thanks Andrew.


  2. Hi. Do you remeber the name of the place in Tassie selling it ? I’d be happy to try and follow up the buyer or original owner


    • Hi Andrew, The name of the place is The Willow Court Antique Centre, New Norfolk Tassie. Ph 0362615050 Hope this helps you. This is the place where I took my photos.


      • Thanks soooo much. I’ve gotta get to the bottom of this as I just can’t let the random sighting of this Moveable Historical Feast disappear from view. I actually met a lady at the Golden Vine Hotel in Bendigo who saw them at Eaglehawk Town Hall in 1973 or so…far as she can remember ! 🙂 Was the bus parked out the back ?? So now a few people here are really interested..will keep you posted and thanks so much again. Who doesn’t love a good mystery ??? Cheers for now.

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      • Yes I want to hear all about this too. It was parked fairly close to the front of the shop from memory. They have photographs of each vehicle for sale and you go inside the shop and tell them which one you are interested in.I’m pretty sure each picture had a sale number on it or some type of ID. I was thrilled to see the bus and I do hope it will be restored as the AC DC bus again. Good luck Andrew. I do hope you find out more.


      • I just thought I would mention that I came across a picture of the bus at the Ballarat 2019 Swap Meet. It was the same bus as it had the same rego number on it. Maybe that can be used to help track it down if it hasn’t been changed. It’s a Tassie plate DB 3439. Let me know how you are going.


      • Absolutely Brilliant, thank you so much, Human. Have been pre-occupied with the fires and smoke here in Bendigo but will get on to this asap. Will certainly keep you posted.

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  3. Considering the bands formation and first gig was late December 1973 in Sydney I doubt they used this bus for gigs that never happened in 73


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