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Bedford Coach

By pamelajean
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Here is a green version of the one previously shown. A 1951 Bedford OB with Duple Vista 29-seat bodywork. Classic lines, lovingly restored, and immaculately presented.

Although only 73 were built prior to the cessation of production due to World War II, it reappeared in a largely unchanged form at the end of the war, continuing in production until 1951. So this is one of the last. A total of 12,766 were produced, making it one of the most popular buses of its type ever.
The price of a complete coach, including finishing in a two-colour livery, was £1,314.10s for a 27-seater, and £1,325.10s for a 29-seater.

Itís also one of the most popular coaches in preservation. There are known to be 180 still in existence, nearly 70 in roadworthy condition, and 30 are licensed for private hire work.

A bygone era is evoked whenever we have classic bus running days in Winchester. Itís fun to ride around on them and recapture the golden days of public transport. Itís completely free and pure nostalgia.

Pamela.


Tags: Transport Preserved Green Vehicle Winchester Classic Vista Nostalgia Hampshire Duple 29-seater

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2522 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2018 5:32PM
Elegant, rather than just functional, lines. There was a time when utility could be beautiful.
31 Jan 2018 5:32PM
Beautiful old coach Pamela, looks to be in excellent condition,
Fred.
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2018 5:41PM
Excellent, Pamela.

I love old classics like this.

Ken.
RSK 12 6 Canada
31 Jan 2018 5:48PM
You have certainly captured her beautiful form,she must turn a lot of heads on her classic bus days outings.
Ron
31 Jan 2018 5:55PM
lovely restoration - good photo. I remember travelling on one in Cornwall many many years ago
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4308 Canada
31 Jan 2018 6:05PM
Nice to be able to get on a memory for a drive. I love that colour.

Lovely and all as they are, they were very unsafe compared to their modern counterparts, which in their own time will be considered classics too.


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JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2018 7:23PM
An impressive old vehicle and capture,
Ju
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
31 Jan 2018 8:03PM
Total fun and a fab. image--
31 Jan 2018 8:46PM
A stunning image, Pamela.
Your interesting narrative provides great context.
31 Jan 2018 9:23PM
A wonderful old coach Pam..Lin
BIGRY1 10 3 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2018 9:31PM
A fine old bus and with so many of your images, a fine write up tooWink
Ryan
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
1 Feb 2018 7:32AM
Wonderful capture of this fine early coach , beautifully restored, excellent historical information also.

Ian
1 Feb 2018 2:48PM
Lovely to see this wonderful classic Bedford, Pamela.
£11 for two extra seats seems a reasonable deal!!Smile

RichardSmile
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
1 Feb 2018 2:53PM
It's only 4 years younger than me! It's bodywork is in much better condition than mine... Wink A wonderful capture of this old coach, Pamela Smile
Trev Smile
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2018 9:04PM
Excellent!
Love the shape and the green Pam! Great find!
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
capto Plus
10 7.0k 32 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2018 10:07PM
Sadly I remember them well.Smile
ivor
2 Feb 2018 2:45PM
Many thanks for your UA on my image 'Chevrons', so pleased you liked it Smile
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2018 3:19PM
How lovely....would love a day trip on that!
Diane
5 Feb 2018 1:40AM
A beautiful shot of this gleaming piece of Machinery Pam, some one cares for this one in such nice shape
cheers walt
Mike_Smith Plus
14 895 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2018 7:31PM
Beautiful vehicle Pam, always nice to see them
11 Feb 2018 5:38PM

A great old coach Pamela and your photo is so sharp and clear.

Val

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