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Leyland Bus
A petrol-engined vehicle went into production in 1904 and in 1905 a Leyland bus was sold to London. In 1907 the name Leyland Motors Limited was given to the business. Sales grew, and after military contracts were won in 1912 and the First World War took almost 6000 vehicles. After the First World war, Leyland's business with both trucks and buses boomed, and innovation helped this along. In 1922 Leyland introduced the SG range of buses which placed the engine beside the driver, thus maximising space within the vehicle after the government imposed length restrictions. Leyland chassis were commonly given to both buses and lorries until 1925 when Leyland introduced its Leviathan bus chassis. Titan and Tiger buses were introduced in 1927 at last with pneumatic tyres after weight-saving construction in the bodies. There was even a six-wheeled Titanic which was allowed greater length. In 1933 Leyland introduced diesel engines to its buses and they quickly took over on all models. Timber-framed coachwork was replaced by all metal construction from 1934. After the war there was a healthy market for buses and some size regulations were relaxed allowing longer and wider buses. In 1950 Leyland produced the Olympic, its first bus with an underfloor engine. The Leyland Atlantean was launched in 1958 with its rear-mounted engine giving more passenger space and permitting driver-only operation. After various takeovers and mergers, the British Leyland Motor Corporation was formed in 1968 and out of this came the Leyland National bus in 1972. Further company turmoil followed with a split in the company between the bus business and the commercial vehicle business, a management buyout, and finally a sale to Volvo in 1988.
aa_Leyland Atlantean PDR1 1966 badge
Leyland Atlantean PDR/1 1966 - badge on front
aa_Leyland Leopard 1965 badge
Leyland Leopard 1965 - badge on front
aa_Leyland Titan 1955 PD2-11 Roe badgel
Leyland Titan 1955 PD2/11 - badge on engine cover
ab_Leyland Titan 1955 PD2-11 Roe grille
Leyland Titan 1955 PD2/11 - grille
ab_Leyland Titan TD5 1938 Eastern grille
Leyland Titan TD5 1938 Eastern. The 'Crosville' badge indicates the original operator who ran bus services in the west country. 'Crosville' was a brand made from the names of George Crosland Taylor and his French business partner Georges de Ville, who had started business to make motor cars in 1906, but by 1909 were running buses.
Leyland Atlantean PDR1 1966 front
Leyland Atlantean PDR/1 1966. A 9.8-litre O.600 Diesel engine was vitted vertically across the rear of the body. This Atlantean has coachwork by Walter Alexander.
Leyland Leopard 1965 front
Leyland Leopard 1965. Coachwork is Thomas Harrington Grenadier. The Leopard was derived from the Leyland Tiger Cub, and had a central underfloor engine of up to 11-litres.
Leyland Leopard 1973 Plaxton front
Leyland Leopard 1973. The Leyland Leopard was an evolution of the Leyland Tiger Cub, given the O600 9.8-litre engine. Introduced in 1959 it continued until 1982 with later models being fitted with the O680 11.1-litre engine. This Leopard is fitted with Plaxton coachwork with Plaxton coachwork
Leyland Leopard 1978 Plaxton front
Leyland Leopard 1978. Body is the Supreme Express III by Plaxton
Leyland Leopard 1980 Alexander front
Leyland Leopard 1980. Coachwork is the Y-type body by Walter Alexander of Falkirk
Leyland Tiger 1938 Beadle
Leyland Tiger 1938 Beadle. Rebodied from a half-cab to a full-front in 1952 by John C. Beadle Coachbuilders of Dartford who were later taken over by Thomas Harrington.
Leyland Tiger 1948 PS1 Duple
Leyland Tiger 1948 PS1 with half-cab coachwork by Duple Motor Bodies Ltd
Leyland Tiger PS2 1950 front
Leyland Tiger PS2 1950. With half cab coachwork by Thomas Harrington. The Tiget PS2 had an 11.8-litre 125bhp ohv engine.
Leyland Titan 1955 PD2-11 Roe front
Leyland Titan 1955 PD2/11. The PD2 was introduced in 1950 after relaxation on size regulations, allowing 8foot width in some towns. Leyland gave the Titan and increased wheelbase and lengthened the PD2 to 27feet. Coachwork by Charles H. Roe
Leyland Titan PD42 1965 open top
Leyland Titan PD42 1965. The Titan was introduced in 1927 as a state-of-the-art double decker bus with engine beside the driver. At the same time a single decker equivalent the Leyland Tiger was introduced. In 1945 an all new Titan (and Tiger) were announced, and this continued to evolve until 1969. This Titan has open top coachwork by Weymann.
Leyland Titan TD5 1938 Eastern front
Leyland Titan TD5 1938. The TD5 was launched in 1937, with the previously optional 8.6-litre diesel becoming standard. There were 24 volt electrics too. Coachwork by Eastern Coachwork of Lowestoft
Duple Motor Bodies Ltd
Thomas Harrington Coachbuilders
Leyland Vehicles
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