1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547

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Lot 456
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach
Registration no. Fv 4548 Chassis no. 6621547

£ 35,000 - 45,000
US$ 46,000 - 59,000
Amended
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach
Registration no. Fv 4548
Chassis no. 6621547
*First operated by W Salisbury & Sons, Blackpool
*Later part of the Ribble fleet
*Leyland Tiger body, AEC diesel engine
*Restored in 2006-2007

Footnotes

  • Best known as manufacturer of London's much-loved Routemaster bus, the curiously named 'Associated Equipment Company' (AEC) was formed in 1912 by the Underground Group of companies, operators of London's 'Tube' network, to manufacture vehicles for its bus business. Thus AEC effectively took over the manufacturing operations of the London General Omnibus Company, which had been acquired by the Underground Group that same year. In actual fact, AEC's first commercial vehicle was not a bus but a lorry on the X-Type chassis, and lorries would become the focus of its manufacturing output during World War One.

    From 1916 onwards, AEC manufactured the 3-ton Y-Type for the armed services, more than 10,000 being delivered by the end of hostilities. It would take on a similar role in World War Two producing, among other designs, the 10-ton Matador artillery tractor. Trolleybuses were built in collaboration with English Electric during the 1930s, and in partnership with Leyland Motors from 1946.

    One of AEC's most famous models, the Regal chassis was introduced in 1929 and formed the basis for many buses and coaches both in London and elsewhere; indeed, many of the Green Line coaches serving towns close to London used the Regal. AEC recommenced civilian production with its pre-war Regent and Regal bus models, and in 1946 introduced its first new post-war design, the RT, forerunner of the celebrated Routemaster. Introduced in 1950, Regal Mark IV broke from tradition by having its engine mounted beneath the floor. The Mark IV, with its advanced Metro-Cammell bodywork, would prove an immense success, serving with London Transport on both city and country routes for many years, and formed the mainstay of many provincial fleets.
    In 1962, AEC was taken over by the rivals Leyland Motors Ltd. Production of AEC's double-decker buses ceased in 1968 and that of its single-deckers, coaches and lorries in 1979.

    This AEC Regal - chassis number '6621547', registration 'FV 4548' - was supplied new in March 1934 to W Salisbury & Sons, Blackpool as a petrol-engined Beadle-bodied motor coach. It later became part of the Ribble Service Fleet as a Driver Training Vehicle/Classroom after being re-engined with an AEC A173 7.7-litre diesel engine and re-bodied with its present body, which came from a Ribble Leyland Tiger TS6 motor coach dating from 1933.

    This AEC was eventually preserved (in the 1960s) by Colin Shears of Winkleigh, who sold it to a group of enthusiasts in Swansea, South Wales, circa 1970. They restored this motor coach in the livery of the Welsh motor coach operator, Gower Vanguard. 'FV 4548' was subsequently bought by Clive Screeton, and made its debut as a Grand Edwardian Touring Company motor coach, 'Lord Clive', in 1992. It later passed into the ownership of Wild Rose, Warrington.

    In 2006-2007 the Regal was re-framed and re-bodied by the Lawton Motor Body Building Co Ltd, and has been finished in blue/gold ready for new transfers or sign-writing. It boasts a Pullman style interior with high-back moquette seats, tables with lamps, and a small galley/service area to the rear. Restoration bills are available and the vehicle also comes with a V5 registration document and Certificate of Initial Fitness.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle is fitted with a Half length sun-roof, which it is believed it has had since new.
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1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
1934 AEC Regal Motor Coach  Chassis no. 6621547
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