Freightliner FS-65
Blue Bird IMG 9719
Manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America, LLC
Production 1997-2007
Successor Freightliner C2
Class Type C
Layout conventional 4x2
Body style(s)

Cowled chassis

Engine(s) Diesel
Vehicles see listing
Related Freightliner FL-Series

The Freightliner FS-65 is a Type C conventional bus chassis manufactured by Freightliner, used for school bus and commercial bus applications. It was introduced for the 1997 model year for Thomas Built Buses. The FS-65 is most closely related to Freightliner's FL-Series medium-duty conventional.

Body ManufacturersEdit

Initially, the FS-65 was widely available to manufacturers throughout the industry with a notable exception; AmTran, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navistar International, one of Freightliner's biggest competitors, did not offer the FS-65 chassis. However, after 2002, availability of the FS-65 became limited to Thomas Built Buses as Blue Bird dropped Freightliner as an option.

Manufacturer Name Blue Bird Corporation Crown By Carpenter
Carpenter Industries, Inc.
Les Enterprises Michel Corbeil, Inc. Thomas Built Buses
Model Name Conventional Classic
Classic 2000
Thomas/Freightliner FS-65
Model Years Produced 1997–2002 1997-1999
1997–2002 1997–2007
  • Never sold in the United States.
  • After 2002, Corbeil ended FS-65 production in favor of its Type A products.
  • Known as Thomas/Freightliner FS-65 instead of Thomas Conventional
  • FS-65 only Type C chassis available for Thomas from 2003 to 2004
  • Sold alongside Thomas C2 from 2004 to 2007.

Powertrain Edit

    • In need of specific information here


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