Bus UK YEATES of Loughborough (coachworks)

YEATES

Bus and Coachbodybuilders

Leicestershire

England – UK

1936 Brown, Markfield JU7854 with a Willowbrook DP39F body was a Dennis Lancet II which was rebodied in 1955 with a Yeates Riviera FC37F body  ju7854

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1938 Bristol with Yeates body after two lives before

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1947 Dennis Lancet III with a Yeates C35F body eay58

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1948 Crossley SD42-9 with a Yeates C39F body, EJA52

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1948 CUD373, a Daimler CVD6 with Wilkes & Meade C33F body + CTL652, a Dennis Lancet III with a Yeates C35F body +

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1948 Dennis J3 Lancet III with a Yeates C35F body ENT709

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1950 PTW451 was a Dennis J3 Lancet with a Yeates C35F body

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1951 HNT886 was a Dennis L6 Falcon with a Yeates C33F body

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1951 SMU599, seen at Wembley Stadium was a Yeates C41C bodied AEC Regal IV

1951-smu599-seen-at-wembley-stadium-was-a-yeates-c41c-bodied-aec-regal-iv

1952 MVO115 was a Yeates C41C bodied Leyland PSU1-15 Royal Tiger

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1952 Yeates C37F bodied Crossley SD42-9A, LDF815

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1953 A.E.C. 9822S Regal IV, PAH800, with a Yeates Riviera C41C body

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1953 GTL419, was a Bedford SB with a Yeates C35F body

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1953 PWJ98 was a Bedford SB with a Yeates Riviera C35F body pwj98

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1954 Bedford SBG with a Yeates Riviera C36F body

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1954 Lewington's Yeates Riviera - Bedford SB TJH 538, c

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1954 Leyland PSU1-16 Royal Tiger with a Yeates Riviera C41C body knr240

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1954 STE 556 is a Yeates Riviera-bodied Bedford SBG

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1955 HCL661 AEC MU3RV Yeates C41C

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1956 AEC Reliance MU3RV Yeates Riviera C41C  RNM300

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1956 AEC Reliance Yeates C41C

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1956 Bedford SBG with a Yeates Riviera C41F body

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1956 Bedford SBG with Yeates C41C bodywork

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1956 TDM 397 - Bedford SB3   Yeates Europa C41F

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1957 centre, 950DNU, a Bedford SB with Yeates Europa body

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1957 NKY161, a Bedford SB3 with Yeates C41F body

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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1957 Yeates Europa C41F bodied Bedford SBG, CJP630

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1958 AEC Reliance MU3RV Yeates C41F KBV251

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1958 AEC Reliance MU3RV Yeates C41F VBT-191

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1958 AEC Reliance MU3RV Yeates C41F VBT-893

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1958 HEB141 was a Yeates Europa C41F bodied Bedford SB3

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1958 Yeates Europa C41F bodied A.E.C. MU3RV Reliance XVF800

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1959 JEP861 Bedford SB1 with Yeates Europa C41F bodywork

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1960 1400UA Bedford SB1 with a Yeates Europa C41F body

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1960 7652VW, a Commer Avenger IV with Yeates C41F body

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1960 Albion VT17L Victor with Yeates Europa C41F body, 4600NX

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1960 Bedford SB1 with a Yeates C41F body

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1960 Bedford SB1 with Yeates Europa C41F bodywork

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1960 Bedford SB3 Yeates C41F RCT-2

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1960 Leyland Yeates RCT3

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1960 RCT3, a Leyland Titan PD3-1 with Yeates H39-34RD body

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1960 RCT3, was a Yeates H39-34RD bodied Leyland PD3-1

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1960 Yeates Europa C41F bodied Bedford SB1

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1960 Yeates Fiesta C41F bodywork graced 565AEW, a Bedford SB

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1961 27TTE, a Bedford SB with Yeates Fiesta Continental C41F bodywork

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1961 5025BT, a Commer Avenger IV with Yeates Fiesta Continental C41F bodywork

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1961 8964PT, a Bedford SB with Yeates Pegasus bodywork

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1961 9491WY, a Bedford SB1 with Yeates Pegasus B44F bodywork

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1961 OIP791, an AEC Reliance 2MU3RA with a Yeates Fiesta body

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1961 TDO294, a Bedford SB1 with Yeates Pegasus DP44F body

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1962 Barton, Chilwell 949 949MRR 1962 AEC 2U3RA Yeates DP57F

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1962 Its 45-seat bodywork, by Yeates, was the only example of its type I remember seeing. The chassis was a Bedford SB5

1962-its-45-seat-bodywork-by-yeates-was-the-only-example-of-its-type-i-remember-seeing-the-chassis-was-a-bedford-sb5

1962 Premier 2530WY Yeates bodied Bedford

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1962 Reliance 942AWR Yeates bodied Bedford SB1

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1962 VTL536 Bedford SB5 with Yeates Fiesta C41F bodywork

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1962 Yeates Pegasus DP45F bodied Bedford SB5

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1963 539DWT, a Bedford SB5 with Yeates Pegasus DP44F body

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1963 964RVO, was one of four Bedford VAL14s fitted with Yeates C50D bodywork

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1963 969RVO, a Bedford VAL14 with Yeates Europa DP56D bodywork

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1963 Bedford SB with Yeates Pegasus bodywork 979grm

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1963 Bedford VAL 14 with Yeates Europa body.

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1963 Bedford Val 14 Yeates BARTON0002

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1963 Bedford VAL14 Yeates C51F

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1963 Bedford Val14 Yeates C52F 390-GEW

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1964 Rickards, London W2 AYV92B 1964 Bedford VAL14 Yeates C52F at Hampton Court

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7652VW Yeates Europa Eastern National

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AEC Reliance  Yeates VBT191

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AEC Reliance with Yeates Europa body of Cullings seen when new at the Brighton Coach Rally  XVF800

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Bedford SB chassied coach KAN 505 Yeates pegasus body

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Bedford Yeates NKY 161

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Yeates Europa 3 Yeates Maudslay 2 Yeates Poster 1 2

That’s it

BRUSH Coachbuilders Loughborough Leicestershire England UK

Brush Traction

is a manufacturer and maintainer of railway locomotives, part of Wabtec Corporation, based at Loughborough in Leicestershire,England situated alongside the Midland Main Line.

Brush works in Loughborough

Part of Brush Traction was Brushmobile Electric Car

Between 1901 and 1905 the Brushmobile electric car was developed using a Vauxhall Motors engine, although only six were built. One of these six featured in the film Carry on Screaming. Nearly 100 buses, plus some lorries were built using French engines until 1907.

In all, about 250 steam locomotives were built in addition to the tram engines. Production finished after the First World War and the company concentrated on transport-related electrical equipment, including tramcars, trolleybuses and battery-operated vehicles.

In World War II Brush Coachworks diversified into aircraft production, building 335 de Havilland Dominies for the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm. Wing sections were built for Lancaster bombers and Hampden fuselages were overhauled.

1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F

1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F  coachwork

The coachworks continued after the war with omnibus bodies mounted on Daimler chassis using Gardner five-cylinder diesel engines and Daimler preselector gearboxes as well as AEC and BMMO Chassis for Midland Red and 100 Leyland Titans for Birmingham City Transport as well as bodies to the design of the British Electric Traction group on Leyland Royal Tigers. In 1952 the coachworks was closed and the goodwill and patents were bought by neighbouring Willowbrook.

more about Brush in total because it’s still exists

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brush_Traction

1913 Leyland S3.30.T Brush B27F body a 1913 Leyland S3.30.T Brush B27F body b

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1927 Karrier WL 6-2 Brush H32-28R a 1927 Karrier WL 6-2 Brush H32-28R b

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1928 Karrier brush ad 1928 Karrier Brush

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1929 Brush bodied Leyland TD1

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1929 Leyland Titan TD1 with Brush O27-24RO bodywork UF4813

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1930 Trent CH5432, SOS ODD ex S rebodied Brush B26F

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1931 Midland Red HA7328, an SOS IM6 Brush

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1932 Brush bodied Oxford AEC Regent JO5403

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1932, JO5403 is an AEC Regent and carries a Brush body

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1935 Ledgards famous Brush bodied Maudsley Marathon coach CUB1 in original form

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1935 Midland Red 1693, AHA578, an SOS DON new in 1935 with a Brush B36F body

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1935 Trent 304, RC2704, a SOS DON with Brush B36F body

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1935 Trent 344, RC3715, a SOS DON with Brush B36F body

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1935 Trent RC2721 is an S.O.S DON with a Brush body rc2721

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1936 Leyland Cheetah LZ2 with Brush C31F body

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1936 London Transport Class E1 trolleybus 554, DLY554 554

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1936 Trent 334, RC3705 an SOS with Brush B36F body

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1937 London Transport 591, DLY591, an E1 class AEC 664T with Brush body 591

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1938 Bristol K5G with Brush L28-26R body

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1938 Bristol K5G with Brush L28-26R bodyJT9353

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1938 Daimler COG5 with Weymann 54 seat Highbridge body new to Trent in April 1938. Rebodied by Brush in February 1948

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1938 Midland Red SOS FEDD 2225, FHA207, from 1938 with a Brush H30-26F body

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1939 Midland Red SOS FEDD FHA238 with a Brush H30-26F body fha238

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1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2390, GHA309, with Brush B38F body

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1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2391, GHA310, with Brush B38F body

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1940 Midland Red SOS SON 2407, GHA326, new in 1940 with a Brush B38F body

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1943 Daimler CWG5 with a Brush L27-26R body

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1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-26R body a

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1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-26R body

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1943 Guy Arab I with Brush L27-28R body

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1944 Daimler CW with Brush utility body

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1944 Daimler CWA6 with Brush UL27-26R body

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1945 built Brush bodied Daimler CWA6

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1945 Daimler CWA6 with a Brush H30-26R body gyl291

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1945 Sunbeam W with a Brush body

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1946 AEC Regal KEH-608 Brush B34F

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1946 Daimler CWA6 Brush H30-26R

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1946 Guy Arab III with a Brush B34F body

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1946 Guy Arab with Brush B35F body

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1947 Daimler CVD6 with locally built Brush bodywork ACH627

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1947 Sunbeam W with Brush B35C body

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1948 AEC Regent 3127, JHA28, with Brush H30-26R body BMMO

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1948 Brush bodied Daimler CVD6

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1948 Brush H30-26R bodied Leyland PD2-1

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1948 Daimler CVD6 with Brush H56R body

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1948 Leyland PD2-1 with Brush H30-24R body

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1948 Leyland PS1 GWY77 in 1954 with a secondhand Brush B34F body

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1948 Leyland PS1s with Brush B34F body

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1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush B34F body 7905

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1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush bodywork.9651

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1948 Leyland Tiger PS1 with Brush bodywork

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1948 Sunbeam F4 with Brush B32C body

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1948 Sunbeam F4 with Brush H30-26R body

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1949 BMMO S9 with Brush body

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1949 Daimler CVD6-Brush H30-26R 528

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1949 Daimler CVD6s with Brush B34F bod

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1949 Daimler CVG6 with Brush H56R body

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1949+1950 Derby 76, BCH576, and 86, BCH886, were both Daimler CVD6's with Brush H30-26R bodies

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1950 B.U.T. 9641T with a distinctive Brush H38-32R body ktv506

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1950 Brush B44F bodied Leyland PSU1-13 Royal Tiger mtc757

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1950 Brush H30-26R bodied Daimler CVD6 890

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1950 Dennis Lancet III with Brush B32F body

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1950 Guy Arab III fitted with a Brush B38F LPT140

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1950 Sunbeam F4 with a Brush body

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1951 Brush B44F bodied Leyland PSU1-13 Royal Tiger

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1951 Brush DP40F bodied BMMO S13

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1951 Brush H30-26R bodied Crossley DD42-8A

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1951 Daimler CVD6SD with Brush B39R body

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1951 Foden PVD6 with Brush H30-26R body

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1951 Foden PVD6, with a Brush H30-26R body

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1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1-13 with Brush B41R body

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1951 Leyland Royal Tiger with Brush B44R body

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1952 B.M.M.O. S13 with a Brush DP40F body 888

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1952 Crossley DD42-8A with a Brush H30-26R

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Brush works in Loughborough Guy Arab III with a Brush B34F body

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That’s it about Brush Busbodies

WHITSON Coach and Busbodybuilders Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex England UK

Whitson

were not one of the larger coach or bus bodybuilders …Whitsons of Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex

1954 Whitsons of Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex - coachbuilders advert, 1954

1947 Dennis Lancet III with Whitson C33F body

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1948 Maudslay Marathon III with a Whitson FC33F body lph429

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1949 AEC Regal Whitson observation coach

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1949 Austin K4SL with a Whitson C29F body in 1959

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1949 Austin K4SL with a Whitson C29F body

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1949 Crossley SD42 Whitson bodied GDL33 front

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1949 Crossley SD42 Whitson bodied GDL33

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1949 Crossley SD42-7 with Whitson C33F body

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1949 LWE163, was a Whitson C33F bodied Crossley SD42-7 new to Sansam, Sheffield

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1949 Whitson C29F bodied Austin CXB

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1950 A.E.C. 9621A Regal III with a Whitson FC33F body gbu9

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1950 A.E.C. 9821E Regal IV with a Whitson C41C body  lwt147

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1950 Austin K4SL Whitson

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1950 Daimler 217 and FNV577, a Leyland Tiger PS2 Whitson bodied, bask in the pouring rain on the bus station

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1950 JAW 334, Foden..Bus Salopia Whitson

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1950 Leyland PS2 with Whitson body fnv557a

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1950 Leyland Tiger PS2 with Whitson FC33F bodywork

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1950 MRL865. Austin K4SL-Whitson C29F.

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1950 N969 USAF Whitson Observation Coach

1950-n969-usaf-foden-whitson-observation-coach

1950 PVSC4-Whitson-HustwittCollect 2

1950-pvsc4-foden-whitson-hustwitt collect-2

1950 Whitson bodied Leyland Tiger PS2-3 FNV 557

1950-leyland-ps2-with-whitson-body-fnv557

1951 AEC RegalIV-Whitson-R.Simpson

1951-aec-regaliv-whitson-r-simpson-observation coach

1952 Chiltern Queens, Woodcote NPA462 Albion Victor Whitson FC31F at Woodcote Garage

1952-chiltern-queens-woodcote-npa462-albion-victor-whitson-fc31f-at-woodcote-garage

1952 Foden PVRF6 Whitson C39C KWU-24a

1952-foden-pvrf6-whitson-c39c-kwu-24

1952 Foden PVRF6 Whitson C39C KWU-24b

1952-foden-pvrf6-whitson-c39c-kwu-24

1952 NPA462 Albion Victor Whitson FC31F in Woodcote Garage

1952-npa462-albion-victor-whitson-fc31f-in-woodcote-garage

1953 Marshall, Bradford LWT149 AEC Regal IV Whitson C41C

1953-marshall-bradford-lwt149-aec-regal-iv-whitson-c41c

1953-Foden-PVSC6-EWH-195-Whitson-RC35C

1953-foden-pvsc6-ewh-195-whitson-rc35c-observation-coach

1954 AEC Regal IV Whitson

1954-aec-regal-iv-whitson

1954 Sentinel SLC6-30 with Whitson C40C body

1954-sentinel-slc6-30-with-whitson-c40c-body

1954 Whitsons of Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex - coachbuilders advert, 1954 1955 Commer T85A Avenger III, MAW627, with a Whitson C41F body maw627

1955-commer-t85a-avenger-iii-maw627-with-a-whitson-c41f-body-maw627

1955 KWU24, Whitson C36C-bodied rear-engined Foden, outside the owner's garage in Wix, Essex, with Walsall-registered OB NDH663 lurking inside.

1955-kwu24-whitson-c36c-bodied-rear-engined-foden-outside-the-owners-garage-in-wix-essex-with-walsall-registered-ob-ndh663-lurking-inside © MJ Fisher

1955 Whitson bodied Austin Walsall

1955-whitson-bodied-austin-walsall

That’s all

Bus and Coach builders STRACHAN (and BROWN) England UK

STRACHAN

and

BROWN

Strachans, at one time known as Strachan and Brown, was a significant supplier of bus and coach bodies from the ‘Twenties through to the late ‘Sixties. After that they appear to have quit the PSV market but continued to trade as a supplier to the Ministry of Defense. Based for many years in North Acton, London they moved to premises on Hamble Airfield in Hampshire around 1960. The last date I have where any activity is recorded is 1984.

1900 Strachans Coachworks, logo

Their products were particularly prominent before WW2 with many London operators using them, while during the War they were a supplier of “Utility” bodywork. Post-War they were particularly associated with Aldershot and District, but seemed to go into a decline in the late ‘Fifties. The ‘Sixties saw a minor resurgence when they bodied a number of rear-engined single decker chassis including the London Transport XMS class, and provided the coachwork on the only five Dodge chassis sold in the UK.

Surprisingly I have been unable to trace more than passing references to this company anywhere on the web, so a group to record its existence seems appropriate.

History

    1. 1865 Birth of James Marshall Strachan [pronounced Strawn] at Medians, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
    • 1867 Birth of Walter Ernest Brown.
    • 1881 W E Brown is apprenticed to coachbuilders Laurie and Marner (Oxford Street, London).
    • 1894 W E Brown starts his own business at Shepherds Bush.
    • 1896 W E Brown partners with S A Hughes [full name and dates?] as Brown and Hughes (Kensington).
    • 1907 J M Strachan joins the partnership: Brown, Hughes and Strachan, with a large factory at Park Royal.
    • 1915 J M Strachan and W E Brown establish a new partnership as Strachan and Brown Ltd, based at the former Brown and Hughes premises (Holland Gate Garage, High Street, Kensington).
    • 1921 Strachan and Brown move to Wales Farm Road, Acton.
    • 1928 Strachan and Brown partnership dissolved; J M Strachan continues as Strachans Ltd; W E Brown and sons Dennis and Reginald become directors of Duple Bodies and Motors; the rest is WKC history.
    • 1929 Death of J M Strachan; Strachans is renamed Strachans (Acton) Ltd.
    • 1934 Strachans (Acton) is renamed Strachans Successors Ltd.
    • 1944 Death of W E Brown.
    • 1962 Strachans Successors is sold to Giltspur but continues to operate as Strachans (Coachbuilders) Ltd based at Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire.
        1976 Strachans (Coachbuilders) ceases production.
    • * This info comes from Mrs Jacky Mackenzie, great grand daughter of Walter Ernest Brown

1920-31 Midland Red A177 (OH 1206) Tilling-Stevens TS3 Strachan and Brown B29F

1920-31-midland-red-a177-oh-1206-tilling-stevens-ts3-strachan-and-brown-b29f

1926 OC1 Strachan Brown of Acton Daimler CF6 W L

1926-oc1-strachan-brown-of-acton-daimler-cf6-w-l

1927 AEC OC14 Strachan + Brown of Acton

1927-aec-oc14-strachan-brown-of-acton

1928 0827MoTr-Strac1929 OC14 Strachan of Acton on Berliet

1929-oc14-strachan-of-acton-on-berliet

1930 HX 1388 A E C Regent Strachans H2624R

1930-hx-1388-a-e-c-regent-strachans-h2624r

1930 Leyland LT2 with a Strachan B32R body

1930-leyland-lt2-with-a-strachan-b32r-body

1932 Leyland TS4 originally with Harrington body rebodied in 1949 with this Strachan C33F body

1932-leyland-ts4-originally-with-harrington-body-rebodied-in-1949-with-this-strachan-c33f-body

1933 Gilford Zeus Strachan H24-24R 079-XM

1933-gilford-zeus-strachan-h24-24r-079-xm

1936 AEC Regent, originally with L.P.T.B. H30-26R rebodied in May 1956 with the 1947 Strachan L27-28R body, rebodied by Roe

1936-aec-regent-originally-with-l-p-t-b-h30-26r-rebodied-in-may-1956-with-the-1947-strachan-l27-28r-body-rebodied-by-roe

1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 125, BHJ195

1939-aec-strachan-double-decker-125-bhj195

1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199

1939-aec-strachan-double-decker-129-bhj199

1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199a

1939-aec-strachan-double-decker-129-bhj199a

1943 Bradford Guy Arab 1, Fleet No 467, Reg No DKY 467.

1943-bradford-guy-arab-1-fleet-no-467-reg-no-dky-467

1943 Guy Arab had a Strachan L27-28R body

1943-guy-arab-had-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

1943 Strachan utility L27-28R body so extensively rebuilt by Silcox by 1956 into the condition shown that it is no longer recognisable as of Strachan origins

1943-strachan-utility-l27-28r-body-so-extensively-rebuilt-by-silcox-by-1956-into-the-condition-shown-that-it-is-no-longer-recognisable-as-of-strachan-origins

1944 Bristol K5G Strachan ex Hants & Dorset GLJ971

1944-bristol-k5g-strachan-ex-hants-dorset-glj971

1944 Guy Arab II rebodied 1960 Massey L57R & 2005 GYL984 1945 Guy Arab II rebodied 1955 Strachan L56R

1944-guy-arab-ii-rebodied-1960-massey-l57r-2005-gyl984-1945-guy-arab-ii-rebodied-1955-strachan-l56r

1944 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R body

1944-guy-arab-ii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

1945 Barton 443, GNN704, was a Guy Arab II with a Strachans L27-28R body

1945-barton-443-gnn704-was-a-guy-arab-ii-with-a-strachans-l27-28r-body

1945 Bristol K6A - Stranchan.

1945-bristol-k6a-stranchan

Originally bodied Weymann L55R. Acquired by Moores from Birch Bros. 1952.

1945-guy-arab-ii-rebodied-1954-strachan-l56r-a

1945 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R (8'0 wide) body

1945-guy-arab-ii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-80-wide-body

1945 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R body

1945-guy-arab-ii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan H56R body

1945-guy-arab-ii-with-strachan-h56r-body

1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan L27-28RD utility body

1945-guy-arab-ii-with-strachan-l27-28rd-utility-body

1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan lowbridge body

1945-guy-arab-ii-with-strachan-lowbridge-body

1945 Guy Arab ll Strachan

1945-guy-arab-ll-strachan

1947 33 JDE426 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F

1947-33-jde426-bristol-l5g-strachan-dp35f

1947 56 was a Strachan L27-28R bodied Albion CX19 whilst 81 was the Roe L27-26RD rebodied single-deck Albion CX39N chassis

1947-56-was-a-strachan-l27-28r-bodied-albion-cx19-whilst-81-was-the-roe-l27-26rd-rebodied-single-deck-albion-cx39n-chassis

1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body a

1947-aec-regent-with-strachan-l27-28r-body-a

1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body

1947-aec-regent-with-strachan-l27-28r-body

1947 Dennis J3 Lancet with a Strachan C32R body

1947-dennis-j3-lancet-with-a-strachan-c32r-body

1947 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R body

1947-guy-arab-iii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

My beautiful picture

1947-guy-arab-mklll-with-strachan-body

1947 Leyland PS1-1s with Strachans C33F bodi

1947-leyland-ps1-1s-with-strachans-c33f-body

1947 Maudslay Marathon III Strachans FC33F , new with Enterprise Coaches of Kenton , Middlesex

1947-maudslay-marathon-iii-strachans-fc33f-new-with-enterprise-coaches-of-kenton-middlesex

1947 Strachans Coachworks, advert1948 38 JDE 431 Bristol L5G Strachans

1948-38-jde-431-bristol-l5g-strachans

1948 AEC Regal III Strachans B35R JFM575 Crosville

1948-aec-regal-iii-strachans-b35r-jfm575-crosville

1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body a

 

1948-aec-regal-iii-with-strachan-b35r-body-a

1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body

1948-aec-regal-iii-with-strachan-b35r-body

1948 AEC Regal III-Strachan TA5

 1948-aec-regal-iii-strachan-ta5

1948 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F

1948-bristol-l5g-strachan-dp35f

1948 Guy Arab 114, NEV609 with a Strachan L27-26R body

1948-guy-arab-114-nev609-with-a-strachan-l27-26r-body

1948 Guy Arab III single decker with Strachans B34F body

1948-guy-arab-iii-single-decker-with-strachans-b34f-body

1949 AEC Regal III with Strachan B36F body

1949-aec-regal-iii-with-strachan-b36f-body

1949 Crossley DD42-3 which was fitted from new with this Strachans FC33F body

1949-crossley-dd42-3-which-was-fitted-from-new-with-this-strachans-fc33f-body.

1949 Daimler CVD6 with Strachans bodywork

1949-daimler-cvd6-with-strachans-bodywork

1949 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R

1949-guy-arab-iii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r

1949 Guy Arab III with Strachan L27-28R bodywork

1949-guy-arab-iii-with-strachan-l27-28r-bodywork

1949 Guy Arab III with Strachans L55R body

1949-guy-arab-iii-with-strachans-l55r-body

1949 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III

1949-strachan-c35f-bodied-guy-arab-iii

1950 A.E.C. 9612A Regent III with a Strachans L27-28R body

1950-a-e-c-9612a-regent-iii-with-a-strachans-l27-28r-body

1950 A.E.C. 9621E Regal III with a Strachan C33F body

1950-a-e-c-9621e-regal-iii-with-a-strachan-c33f-body

1950 Albion Venturer CX37S with a Strachan L55R

1950-albion-venturer-cx37s-with-a-strachan-l55r

1950 Dennis J10 Lancet with Strachan B38R body

1950-dennis-j10-lancet-with-strachan-b38r-body

1950 Dennis J10 Lancets with Strachan B38R bodies 175, HOU901

1950-dennis-j10-lancets-with-strachan-b38r-bodies-175-hou901

1950 Dennis Lancet 3 with Strachan B38R body

1950-dennis-j10-lancets-with-strachan-b38r-bodies-175-hou901

1950 Dennis Lancet III Strachan B38R Guildford Onslow Street

 1950-dennis-j10-lancets-with-strachan-b38r-bodies-175-hou901

1950 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R body

 1950-guy-arab-iii-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

1950 Guy Arab III with Strachan C35F body

 1950-guy-arab-iii-with-strachan-c35f-body

1950 Guy Arab IV with uncommon Strachans FL31-26RD bodywork

 

1950-guy-arab-iv-with-uncommon-strachans-fl31-26rd-bodywork

1950 Leyland CPO1 Comet with a Strachan C37F body

 

1950-leyland-cpo1-comet-with-a-strachan-c37f-body

1950 Leyland Tiger PS2-1 Strachan B34R

 

1950-leyland-tiger-ps2-1-strachan-b34r

1950 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III

 

1950-strachan-c35f-bodied-guy-arab-iii

1950 Strachans coach and bus bodies, advert, c19501950 Trojan Diesel with a Strachans 14 seat coach body1951 Crossley DD42-8 with a Strachan H31-28RD body

1951-crossley-dd42-8-with-a-strachan-h31-28rd-body

1951 Dennis Dominant with a Strachans B41C body

 

1951-dennis-dominant-with-a-strachans-b41c-body

1951 Guy Arab III with a Strachan B38F body

 

1951-guy-arab-iii-with-a-strachan-b38f-body

 

 

1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body a

 

1951-guy-arab-iii-with-strachan-b38f-body-a

1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body

 

1951-guy-arab-iii-with-strachan-b38f-body

1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan FL31-26RD body

 

1951-guy-arab-iii-with-strachan-fl31-26rd-body

 

1951 Leyland Motors Ltd Leyland UK Ad Dublin Ireland Double-Decker Bus1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU 1-15 Strachan C4K GVN-952

 

1951-leyland-royal-tiger-psu-1-15-strachan-c4k-gvn-952

1952 Ad1953 Bedford Strachans Bus Photo Yugoslavia

 

1953-bedford-strachans-bus-photo-yugoslavia

1953 Dennis Lancet J10C with Strachan C38F body

 

1953-dennis-lancet-j10c-with-strachan-c38f-body

1953 Strachan H31-28RD bodied A.E.C. 9613S Regent III

 

1953-strachan-h31-28rd-bodied-a-e-c-9613s-regent-iii

1954 AEC MU3RV Reliances with Strachan 'Everest' C41C bodies a

 

1954-aec-mu3rv-reliances-with-strachan-everest-c41c-bodies-a

1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C at Aldershot Garage

 

1954-aec-mu3rv-strachan-c41c-at-aldershot-garage

1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard

 

1954-aec-mu3rv-strachan-c41c-in-hampton-court-station-goods-yard.

1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body a

 

1954-aec-reliance-mu3rv-with-a-strachan-c41c-body-a

1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body

 

1954-aec-reliance-mu3rv-with-a-strachan-c41c-body

 

 

1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with Strachan Everest C41C bodywork

 

1954-aec-reliance-mu3rv-with-strachan-everest-c41c-bodywork

1954 Dennis Falcon LOU65 with Strachan bodywork

 

1954-dennis-falcon-lou65-with-strachan-bodywork

1954 Dennis P5 Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies

 

1954-dennis-p5-falcons-with-strachan-b30f-bodies

1954 Leyland PSUC1-2 Tiger Cubs with Strachans Everest C41C bodies

 

1954-leyland-psuc1-2-tiger-cubs-with-strachans-everest-c41c-bodies

1954 Leyland PSUC1-2 with Strachans C41C body

 

1954-leyland-psuc1-2-with-strachans-c41c-body

1954 Leyland PSUC1-2T Tiger Cub with Strachan Everest C41C body

 

1954-leyland-psuc1-2t-tiger-cub-with-strachan-everest-c41c-body

1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance

 

1954-strachan-bodied-aec-reliance

1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliant

 

1954-strachan-bodied-aec-reliant

1954 Strachan Everest C41C bodied AEC Reliance

 

1954-strachan-everest-c41c-bodied-aec-reliance

1954 Trojan DT Strachans C15F.

 

1954-trojan-dt-strachans-c15f

1955 AEC MU3RV Reliances with Strachan 'Everest' C41C bodies

 

1955-aec-mu3rv-reliances-with-strachan-everest-c41c-bodies

1955 AEC Reliance Strachan C41C

 

1955-aec-reliance-strachan-c41c

1955 Commer Strachans Everest Transit Bus Brochure1955 Dennis Lancet UFs with Strachan DP41F bodies

 

1955-dennis-lancet-ufs-with-strachan-dp41f-bodies

1955 Guy Arab IV with a Strachan L27-28R body

 

1955-guy-arab-iv-with-a-strachan-l27-28r-body

1955 Guy Arab IV with Strachans L28-28R body

 

1955-guy-arab-iv-with-strachans-l28-28r-body

1955 OC1 Strachans Successors Ltd of Acton on AEC Reliance for Fales Coaches of Bath 1955

 

1955-oc1-strachans-successors-ltd-of-acton-on-aec-reliance-for-fales-coaches-of-bath

1955 Strachan Everest C41C bodywork on its AEC Reliance chassis

 

1955-strachan-everest-c41c-bodywork-on-its-aec-reliance-chassis

1955 Valliant XHN574 AEC Reliance Strachans C41C

 

1955-valliant-xhn574-aec-reliance-strachans-c41c

 

1956 Dennis Falcon Strachan B30F in Aldershot Garage yard

1956-dennis-falcon-strachan-b30f-in-aldershot-garage-yard

1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body a

1956-dennis-falcon-with-strachan-b30f-body

1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body

1956-dennis-falcon-with-strachan-b30f-body

1956 Dennis Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies

1956-dennis-falcons-with-strachan-b30f-bodies

1956 Dennis P5 Falcon 275, POR421, with a Strachan B30F body

1956-dennis-p5-falcon-275-por421-with-a-strachan-b30f-body

1956 Strachan bodied Dennis Falcon POR428 at Stokes Bay

1956-strachan-bodied-dennis-falcon-por428-at-stokes-bay

1956 Trojan with a Strachan C13F body

1956-trojan-with-a-strachan-c13f-body

 1958 Strachans bodied batch of Seddons

1958-strachans-bodied-batch-of-seddons

1959 Ford 611E - Strachan BxxF

1959-ford-611e-strachan-bxxf

1962 Albion Nimbus NS3N with Strachan DP31F body

1962-albion-nimbus-ns3n-with-strachan-dp31f-body

1962 Barton 442 GNN703 Strachan bodied Guy Arab II

1962-barton-442-gnn703-strachan-bodied-guy-arab-ii

1962 Guy Arab IV Strachans H72R

1962-guy-arab-iv-strachans-h72r

1962 Strachan H37-32RD bodied Guy Arab IV

1962-guy-arab-iv-strachans-h72r

1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL

1962-strachans-bodied-bedford-val

1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL14s

1962-strachans-bodied-bedford-val14s

1963 AEC Regent V - Stranchan

1963-aec-regent-v-stranchans

1963 AEC Regent V One of a trio delivered to members of the co-operative all carried this unusual and rare Strachans bodywork

1963-aec-regent-v-one-of-a-trio-delivered-to-members-of-the-co-operative-all-carried-this-unusual-and-rare-strachans-bodywork

1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs a

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs b

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tun Bus 1963-5

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tunnel Bus

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 OC14 Strachens Successors Ltd. of Hamble on Ford Thames Trader for London Transport Country Buses Dartford Tunnel Service only

1963-ford-thames-traders-with-strachans-bodies-seating-33-upstairs-and-carrying-23-bikes-downstairs

1963 Hutchings & Cornelius Strachans bodied Dennis Lancet TYC 319 lays over after running in from its South Petherton home while CYC 669C, a Bedford SB5-Strachans

1963-hutchings-cornelius-strachans-bodied-dennis-lancet-tyc-319-lays-over-after-running-in-from-its-south-petherton-home-while-cyc-669c-a-bedford-sb5-strachans

1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd d

1963-leyland-titan-pd2a-30-strachans-h61rd-d

1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd

1963-leyland-titan-pd2a-30-strachans-h61rd

1964 Bedford VAL14 Strachan B52F

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1964 Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork a

1964-bedford-val14-with-unusual-low-height-strachan-b52f-bodywork

1964 Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork

1964-bedford-val14-with-unusual-low-height-strachan-b52f-bodywork

1964 Daimler 92, DCP836, passing Guy Arab V demonstrator 888DUK on trial with the corporation

1964-daimler-92-dcp836-passing-guy-arab-v-demonstrator-888duk-on-trial-with-the-corporation

1964 Dodge S307 Strachans C42F by the Kings Arms at Hampton Court

1964-dodge-s307-strachans-c42f-by-the-kings-arms-at-hampton-court

1964 Dodge S307 Strachans C42F in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard

1964-dodge-s307-strachans-c42f-in-hampton-court-station-goods-yard

1964 Dodge S307-190T Strachan C42F AYV-94B

1964-dodge-s307-190t-strachan-c42f-ayv-94b

1964 Guy Arab V demonstrator 888DUK on trial with Halifax Corporation in summer 1964. It carried a Strachan front entrance body

1964-guy-arab-v-demonstrator-888duk-on-trial-with-halifax-corporation-in-summer-1964-it-carried-a-strachan-front-entrance-body

1964 Guy demonstrator 888DUK with Halifax Corporation in June 1964. It carried a Strachan front entrance body.

1964-guy-demonstrator-888duk-with-halifax-corporation-in-june-1964-it-carried-a-strachan-front-entrance-body

1964 Leyland Leopard L1 Strachan B45D

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1964 Leyland Leopard L1 with Strachans B45D bodywork

1964-leyland-leopard-l1-with-strachans-b45d-bodywork

1964 Leyland Leopard L1, had bodywork by Strachan

1964-leyland-leopard-l1-had-bodywork-by-strachan

1964 Leyland Leopards in 1964 with unusual but very neat Strachan dual entrance bodywork seating 45

1964-leyland-leopards-in-1964-with-unusual-but-very-neat-strachans-dual-entrance-bodywork-seating-45

1964 Leyland PD2A-30 with Strachan H35-28RD bodywork

1964-leyland-pd2a-30-with-strachan-h35-28rd-bodywork

1964 Strachan DP49F bodied AEC 2U3RA Reliance

1964-strachan-dp49f-bodied-aec-2u3ra-reliance

1964 Strachans bodied Dodge S307-190T coaches

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1964 Strachans Low Bridge bodied Guy Arab IV 53DHK

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1965 AEC Reliance Leyland Lepard Strachans Bus Brochure 1965 Austin Strachans Bus Sales Brochure 1965 Bedford SB Strachan Pacesaver B--F demonstrator parked at Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey

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1965 Bedford SB Strachan Pacesaver B--F in Windsor

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1965 Bedford SP Strachans Paysaver Transit Bus Brochure 1965 Bedford VAS Strachans 30 Seat Bus Brochure 1965 Bournemouth Transport Bedford VAS Strachan M4

1965-bournemouth-transport-bedford-vas-strachan-m4 © Richard Godfray

1965 Dodge BMC Scammell Strachans Bus Brochure 1965 Ford Strachan

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1965 Guy Arab V 6LW built in 1965 with Strachans H41-31F bodywork

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1965 Leyland Leopard Strachans Transit Bus Brochure 1965 Strachans Eiger 63 Bus Brochure England 1965 Strachans Transit Bus Sales Brochure England 1966 AEC Merlin P2R Strachan B25D originally London Transport XMS4

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1966 AEC Merlin P2R Strachan B25D

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1966 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F

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1966 FBR 53D Leyland Panther-Strachans ex Sunderland, Metro Centre

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1966 Ford R192 NPT306D with Strachans B44F bodywork

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1966 Ford R192 with Strachan B44F bodywork

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1966 Ford R226 with Strachan B52D bodywork

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1966 Leyland demonstrator YTB771D on test with Halifax Corporation, a Leyland PSRC1-1 Panther Cub with a Strachans B43D body

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1966 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R Strachan 53 FBR53D Sunderland Corporation

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1966 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachans B47+19D bodywork

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1966 Leyland PSU3-1R-Strachans

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1966 MBS15, the only Strachans AEC Merlin

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1966 Strachans AEC Merlin

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1966 WMPTE 3661 - Ford R192 with Strachans body ex Birmingham City Transport

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1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachan B54D bodywork

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1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachans B58F bodywork

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1967 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F

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1967 AEC XMS1 Strachan (JLA51D) from Gillingham Street Garage on Red Arrow Route 500 in Park Lane

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1967 Bedford SB Strachans J33643

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1967 Bedford VAM14 with Strachan B33D+25 bodi

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1967 Bristol RELL6G Strachan B34D + 218 SRD18 1959 AEC Reliance 2MU3RV Burlimgham B34D

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1967 Bristol RELL6G with Strachans B34D body

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1967 Daimler Roadliner SRC6 Strachan B54D in Victoria Square Bus Station

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1967 Ford Strachans bus 1967 Guy Arab V with Strachan H41-31F body

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1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork FBR53D

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1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork

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1967 Leyland Panther, Strachan,

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1967 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance ex Aldershot & District 273 MOR604

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1967 Strachan-bodied Ford R192

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1967 Two Strachan bodied Guy Arabs are closest - 152N in cream-blue ansd not then yet withrawn, alongside 216N

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1968 AEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D at Portswood Garage

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1968 AEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D originally Southampton Corporation 4 in Guildford Farnham Road Bus Station

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1968 AEC Swift MP2R with Strachan B47D bodywork

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1968 EYO 885J - Another Bedford VAS Strachans (this one with high backed coach seats)

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1968 Ford R226 with Strachans 53-seater body

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1968 Ford R226 with Strachans bodywork

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1968 Leyland Panther Cub Demonstrator with Strachans body at the Earls Court Motor Show

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1968 Leyland Panther Cub PSRC1-1 with Strachan 43 seat bodywork

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1968 Leyland Panther Cub PSRC1-1 with Strachan B43F body

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1968 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachan B45F bodywork a

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1968 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachan B45F bodywork

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1968nAEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D MTR-420F

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1969 Bedford VAS 3 Strachan body Ex-MoD

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1970 Ford Transit with Strachan B16F body

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1972 Ford Transit Strachan DP16F

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1975 The last Strachan - DDA149C,

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That’s it, it’s enough

J GURNEY NUTTING & Co Limited Bus, Coach, and Limo builders London England UK

J Gurney Nutting & Co Limited

Gurney Nutting Ltd Coachbuilders Plaque

Gurney Nutting Ltd Coachbuilders Plaque

1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting Weymann Sportsman's Coupe

Bentley Speed Six 1930
Weymann fixed head coupé
1932 Daimler Double-Six

Daimler Double-Six 1932
close-coupled 4-door sports saloon
for Anna Neagle

J Gurney Nutting & Co Limited was an English firm of bespoke coachbuilders specialising in sporting bodies founded in 1918 as a new enterprise by a Croydon firm of builders and joiners of the same name. The senior partner was Mr John (Jack) Gurney Nutting (1871–1946).

Nutting had done well from wartime government building contracts and with his partner from that business, a man named Cresswell, they set up operations in the old Marlborough Carriage Works in Oval Road, Croydon.

The first Gurney Nutting designs made their appearance at the London Motor Show in October 1920. In 1921 they displayed their ‘all weather’ body, the roof folded in the usual way but the great beauty of the arrangement was the side windows – they simply lowered into the doors.

After the Croydon premises were destroyed by fire during Easter 1923 the business was moved nearer their customers to the upmarket address of Elystan Street, off King’s Road Chelsea, London SW3.

Chelsea

1931 Malcolm Campbell's

Malcolm Campbell’s 1931
Blue Bird
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Gurney Nutting Sedanca DHC green
Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 1933

coupé de ville

Here, in what had been an artists’ colony, they established their remarkable reputation for creating sumptuous cars with panache, with apparently naturally balanced proportions and which were beautifully executed.
1924 brought two events that lifted the firm into prominence. The purchase of a licence to employ the Weymann technique of body construction gave a new silence and lightness to the cars of their customers who selected it and, more important, Scotsman A F McNeil

(1891–1965), ‘Mac’, who had been with Cunard, joined the firm as chief designer. McNeil’s designs would give the firm the greatest and most successful of its years. The Weymann construction forced a square-rigged style but McNeil’s designs had a carefully calculated relationship in their proportions which seemed instinctively right.

Royal patronage

1935 Duesenberg J Gurney Nutting Speedster Duesenberg J 1935

speedster

In June 1926 a 21 hp Lanchester chassis fitted with a Weymann body was delivered to the future King George VI. A few months later his younger brother ordered a Weymann body on a Bentley chassis. The stand at the 1926 motor show had just Weymann designs, a 6 12-litre Bentley in black above white and a beautiful 37 hp Hispano-Suiza in black above primrose.

1948 BristolL6 Gurney Notting Bodywork

1948 BristolL6 Gurney Notting Bodywork

1948 SeddonMK4 Gurney Notting Body

1948 SeddonMK4 Gurney Notting Body

1950 Gurney Nutting coach body on a Maudslay Marathon III chassis

1950 Gurney Nutting coach body on a Maudslay Marathon III chassis

1951 Dennis Lancet III with an imposing Gurney Nutting FC37F body

1951 Dennis Lancet III with an imposing Gurney Nutting FC37F body

1952 Bedford OB had a (Duple Vista)involved in a serious accident was then fitted with a Gurney Nutting C29F body

1952 Bedford OB had a (Duple Vista)involved in a serious accident was then fitted with a Gurney Nutting C29F body

1952 Dennis L6 Falcon with Gurney Nutting B30F bodywork

1952 Dennis L6 Falcon with Gurney Nutting B30F bodywork

AEC Regal III Gurney Nutting

AEC Regal III Gurney Nutting

Gurney Nutting C33F bodied Leyland Tiger PS1-1

Gurney Nutting C33F bodied Leyland Tiger PS1-1

Gurney Nutting C37C bodied AEC Regal IV

Gurney Nutting C37C bodied AEC Regal IV

Albion Valiant (SPV 70)

Gurney Nutting. void. Thomas Harrington Coachbuilders Albion Valiant SPV 70 rear © SimonCars

The car which built their reputation for the customers who really mattered was built in 1928 for the style-setter of the time. In January 1928 the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, later still Duke of Windsor, commissioned a Weymann body on a 4 12-litre Bentley which was to have a high waistline with shallow windows allowing passengers a little more privacy. The “Prince of Wales” body style became a best-seller. At the beginning of 1931 Nuttings received a Royal Warrant appointing the firm Motor Body Builders to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

The end of Weymann bodies

A 1929 show car, a Bentley Speed Six Sportsman’s coupé, used a specially polished fabric material to look as if it were an old-fashioned coachbuilt body. The economic crisis hit. Noting how the older Weymann bodies showed their age the customers, those still able to buy, began to choose glossy cellulose-finished more rounded and traditionally coachbuilt bodies. Metal panels replaced fabric on some Weymann bodies but the time of Weymann flexible coachwork was over by 1932.

Full of confidence, on September 4, 1930, Nuttings moved, less than a mile, to badly needed, more spacious, premises in Lacland Place SW10. A few weeks later they showed at Olympia a metal panelled Weymann Bentley Sportsman’s coupé beside another Bentley of traditional construction for the first time exhibiting Nutting’s trademark, a deep chrome-plated beading strip running from the grille to above the rear mudguards and emphasising the sweeping new lines of the car.

J Gurney Nutting built the body for Malcolm Campbell’s 1931 Blue Bird world speed record car.

The height of fashion

The 1930s were the firm’s greatest years. Bodies were built to order on other chassis but mostly these were the years of the Rolls Royce and Bentley saloons, coupés de ville and sedancas de ville. McNeil’s proportions and elegant, sweeping curves remained faultless.

Near the end of the decade Jack Barclay tempted A F McNeil to James Young Limited and his place was taken by John Blatchley (1913–2008), still in his early twenties. Blatchley was a graduate of The College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering in Chelsea and The Regent Street Polytechnic recruited by McNeil. After the war he was appointed chief stylist of Rolls Royce and Bentley and he retired from there in 1969. A F McNeil remained John Blatchley’s teacher mentor and friend for many years.

In 1940 an interesting straight-eight Daimler limousine emerged from Lacland Place, the curves replaced by razor edges. The Daimler had been given square-cornered windows, a flat waistline and a raked but square-edged tail. It was greeted as “very very handsome, in a totally new idiom” but there was a war on.

1935 Rolls-Royce 20-25 Gurney Nutting Saloon

The End of Twenty Years of Brilliance

Bentley MK VI Teardrop Coupé

Bentley Mark VI teardrop coupé de ville

With the outbreak of World War II all coachbuilding work was suspended. During the war Gurney Nutting built boats, from lifeboats to patrol boats. In 1945 the business was renamed Gurney Nutting Ltd, styling themselves as “coachbuilders and engineers” and became part of the Jack Barclay group which had acquired James Young Limited in 1937. John Gurney Nutting, who remained a director, was in ill-health and died 10 February 1946 aged 75. The works moved to Lombard Road, Morden Road, Merton, SW19, with some work done at the James Young premises in Bromley. However, the demand for bespoke one-off bodies for cars died away in the post-war years and their last Motor Show stand was in 1948, when they showed two cars built on the Bentley Mark VI chassis. However, they also built full-size bus and coach bodies and were still carrying out production of these in late 1952, closing sometime after.

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