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This wonderful 41 seat AEC coach was built by W. Alexander & Sons of Falkirk in 1962. Very much a design of the 1950's, it features an underfloor diesel engine and five speed gearbox with synchro on four. Delivered new to W. Alexander & Sons (Northern) in June 1962 it was the 'New Bus' fleet number NAC 205 for the Scottish coastal town of Arbroath. It had a dual role as both service bus and coach and hence was fitted with twin opening skylights, upper observation windows and moquette full-height seats with head restraints. There is also a huge rear luggage area. On decommissioning it was sold to a fruit farm as transport for berry pickers. The farmer was meticulous about maintenance and when the vehicle came into preservation the chassis was still in superb condition. Approximately 12 years ago the body was comprehensively restored and re-panelled. The restorer remarked that such was the excellent state of preservation that the steelwork required little attention. The vehicle was then treated to a top quality repaint in the original 1962 livery which still looks superb.
‘Grandfather rights' mean that most pre-1997 full car licence holders can drive this vehicle without a PSV licence carrying up to 8 passengers, though not for hire and reward work. The coach has a Class V M.O.T (cost £57) to May 2016 with no advisories. Unusually, the coach still has original upholstery which recently benefitted from an expensive re-trim of all the seat/backs which had suffered at the hands (and feet) of many schoolchildren. Recently mechanically re-commissioned following a period of display at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum the coach runs beautifully and returned a respectable 15MPG on a trip down to Yorkshire from Scotland. It is unexpectedly being sold to make room for a very rare early postwar ‘half-cab' coach. The current insurance cost for NSJ 502 is under £200 with national breakdown recovery premium at £85 reflecting the reliability of this kind of vehicle.
A rare opportunity to purchase a smartly restored 53-year-old coach for further preservation, ready to show or perhaps use as wedding transport.
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