Rolling chassis

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Rolling chassis, Mercedes-Benz bus

A rolling chassis is the chassis without bodywork of a self-propelled motor vehicle; car or truck, bus or other commercial vehicle, assembled with its final engine and drivetrain, able to move under its own power .

Heavy vehicles[edit]

2009 Scania rolling chassis heading for bus body maker fi:Lahden Autokori
1932 rolling chassis for Ford vans

Separate chassis remain in use for almost all heavy vehicles ranging from pick up trucks to the biggest trucks and commercial passenger carrying vehicles.

The rolling chassis is delivered to the commercial body maker / coachbuilder or bulk transporter on its own wheels under its own power.


Rolling chassis[note 1] was a stage of manufacture of every vehicle until automobile construction methods changed when Unibody or monocoque combined chassis and body structures gradually replaced chassis.


In restoration circles rolling chassis is a name given to a bodyshell with wheels and suspension but without engine and transmission.

Some automobile chassis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glider, a rolling chassis without powertrain