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Historic Commercial Vehicle Society: HCVS Outright Winner, 2006

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1913 Leyland S3.30.T type bus
Entered by M A Sutcliffe, MBE, Dunstable

In 2004 Mike Sutcliffe, the owner of this vehicle, was awarded the MBE for "services to motor heritage" and his latest and again winning service is this early motor bus which first went on the road way back in 1913. There's no doubting that it has been painstakingly and beautifully restored, or more accurately reconstructed. All that was found of the original was the chassis and body which were an integral parts of a chalet bungalow at the time of discovery!

Odd, but not so odd, it has often been the fate of redundant railway carriages to find their way into the structure of a bungalow of sorts. This is the first time I've come across a bus which had met such a fate. A quick look at the bus will show that it was very much a room-on-wheels with a lot of resemblence to a shop or pub front. So, someone must have thought it would make a nice little sitting room in their bungalow.

The correct engine, gearbox, and controls were salvaged from another vehicle found derelict in a field somewhere in Yorkshire. The prop shaft and drive had to be made, as the pieces were either missing or badly damaged. A new radiator was also made from scratch from the original pattern.

What immediately impresses is the beautiful bodywork.



Four side windows in this woodframed body


Rear view, showing roof top luggage rack



Below are thumbnail photos showing close-ups of parts of K148, and a photo of the man himself, Mike Sutcliffe. Some of the thumbs will click to give a larger version of the image. The wheels have solid Dunlop tyres. The company emblem of the Barnsley & District Electric Traction Company Ltd. was a steel wheel between the forks of a magnet with sparks flying. The driver's cab as you might expect is pretty bare. And the driver's horn was a simple hand-operated pump horn.

solid tyres
Leyland badge
Fire extinguisher
Mike Sutcliffe


For more on the HCVS Run, click below
K148, the overall winner
J144, a 1915 bus
L163, a 1911 double deck bus
Fire Appliances
The Outspan Orange Car
J134, 1909 Commer car
Southdown bus, reg UF1517
Steam wagons


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