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NEW Addition !

Another “new” old bus is being made available for hire with us from 2018.

A 1937 Bedford WT 25 seat coach is being “imported” from the Isle of Wight by its owner John Woodhams who is kindly making it available for weddings and short tours in Kent.

Please enquire for further details, availability and prices.

Guys Special

NEW Addition !

We are pleased to announce our latest restoration project will be available for hire from May2018.

It’s a 1952 AEC Regal IV 37 half deck airport coach. this was one of 65 coaches built in 1952 and 1953 for services from the London air terminal to Heath Row Aerodrome, Croydon Airport and Northolt, where passengers could join their Vanguards, Viscounts, Britannias and later on the “new” jet aircraft for their journeys abroad. These coaches seat 37 passengers with ample luggage space under the rear raised “half deck”. Two of these would carry enough passengers to fill an aircraft of the day, a far cry from the 400-seat plus airliners of the 21st century.

This coach entered service in January 1953 and was withdrawn in 1966, then sold on to various scout groups who fortunately didn’t convert it, but kept it with all the original seats and fittings. It was bought for preservation in 1992 as a “quick restoration” by the current owner and has been lovingly restored with new seat covering made to the original pattern, new interior trim and the outside paint matched to the original BEA colours. It has been mechanically overhauled to a high standard of safety and reliability.

This coach is unique, although it’s one of 4 known to exist with all the original fittings, it is the only one on the road to be licenced for hire and reward.

Guys Special

1954 Guy Special

The 1954 Guy Special bus has 26 seats -built for narrow lanes of London’s countryside. This bus is popular for weddings and trips in the country. It carries the maroon livery of the old Tillingbourne bus company.

This little bus has been with the same owner since its withdrawl form service in 1969 and is kindly made available for all to enjoy. Over the years it has been lovingly restored to passenger carrying condition.

A popular bus for smaller wedding groups, it is ideal for taking the bride and her entourage from home to the wedding venue then on to the reception.

Because of its small size, it can negotiate narrow country lanes where larger vehicles cannot go, so is also the choice for leisurely outings into the countryside to visit historic churches, pubs, steam railways or just lazy day out.

Please remember too, when booking our classic buses that they were built when traffic went at a more leisurely pase, so allow sufficient time when planning your journey.

Guys Special
Tim and I wanted to thank Roy for the assistance with our wedding on Saturday 6th July. We got married in the Hastings museum and Art Gallery and were pleased to see Roy waiting for us in the beautifully decorated 1954 guy Special when the ceremony finished. He then safely delivered all our excited guests to our wedding reception at my aunt’s farm at Peasmarsh with patience and good humour. All those riding on the bus were extremely impressed with his skill at negotiating the country lanes and undulating Sussex terrain.
Thank you all, the vintage bus was a wonderful treat for our nearest and dearest, and all those who got a ride, will treasure those memories for years to come.
Lydia and Tim