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.

Freightliner FS-65
Freightliner FS65
A Freightliner FS-65 bodied by Thomas Built Buses





Body Manufacturer

See Listing


School Bus

Transit Bus

Specialty Vehicle




Freightliner FL-Series


Freightliner C2

List of 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 Model Name Production Notes
Blue Bird Conventional 1997-2002


Classic 2000

1997-1999 (For Classic)

2000-2001 (For Classic 2000)

Corbeil 1997-2002
  • Never sold in the United States.
  • After 2002, Corbeil ended FS-65 production in favor of its Type A products.
Thomas Built Buses Thomas/Freightliner FS-65 1997-2007
  • Known as Thomas/Freightliner FS-65

Instead of Conventional

  • FS-65 was the only Type C

Chassis avalible for Thomas

from 2003 to 2004

  • Sold alongside the C2 from

2004 to 2007


Freightliner FS65 Thomas

The Most common FS-65 is the Thomas/Freightliner FS-65

Freightliner FS-65 Corbeil

A Rare Corbeil Based Freightliner FS-65

Freightliner FS65 Blue Bird

A Blue Bird based Freightliner FS-65

Freightliner FS-65 Carpenter Classic

A Rare Carpenter Based Freightliner FS-65

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