The O319 was available in a number of seating configurations, each with a
number of different specifications or options. But basically they came in
10, 17 and 18 seat versions.
Of all the O319's made, reportedly only 961 of them were the 10 seat Luxury
version. Most original owners were Motels, Airlines or big business's.
Unfortunately very few survive these days and what does is very sought
after by collectors. One theory for them not surviving is that as many were
brought by Motels and Airlines they would have all been traded on the newer
model in the late 60's/early 70's as they all wanted the latest model to
keep up with each other.
As a result of this there were a lot of used ones on the market in the
early 70's. Now apparently these 10 seat Luxury versions did not sell well
as the market for used small buses was strong for the 17/18 seat version as
these could be used as school buses or route busses. But the market for
used 10 seat versions was very poor. Obviously 17 paying customers is
better than 10!
So what happened to all of them, well the word is that the seats were taken
out and they were just sold as plain vans or converted to campervans. I
only know of five examples that are left, maybe there are more. If you know
any details of these please e-mail