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1961 BRISTOL FS6G 869NHT, L8579

869NHT was one of four Bristol FS-type double deck buses delivered to Bristol Omnibus Company in 1961 with removable roofs for sea front services at Weston-super-Mare. She is of the “Lodekka” type with a 6-cylinder Gardner engine and a five speed manual gearbox, driving to a drop centre rear axle enabling a low overall height whilst retaining a low flat floor. When delivered she was in an all over cream livery, and at one time carried the Weston-super-Mare coat of arms on her side panels.  

When she had finished her service in Weston she operated as an open top bus for several operators, before being acquired by Martin Curtis and Mike Walker. Towards the end of 2005 she was taken to the premises of Chris Brown in Shropshire where restoration is almost finished, and it is anticipated that she will return to the rally circuit during in 2009/10.