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ITV's Granchester

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Friday, 23 September 2011

I had to do a double take, one of my old Albions is for sale.

Since I owned it the speedo panel and steering wheel have been changed for earlier items.
The driver seat I recovered badly.

Sporting a cut down Foden front bumper, the front wings I repaired still look good.

The tow bar has been added and apart from the front wings the body was Cream  and the strange  Brown  that I had to have mixed to match the HOVIS colour.

Nice Art deco, I spent many many hours cleaning it all as it was all brown from the  cigarettes.

I replaced some of the side windows, these were very heavy but each passenger had a handle and could wind the windows up and down, they worked very well.
I had to do a double take while looking  on a classic vehicle web site to find my old Albion bus was for sale. One of two I owned/saved back in the late 1970's.
From the sale pitch.This KCD 697 is an Albion Victor FT3AB was completed in November 1949. It was initially used a demonstrator by its body manufacturer, Harrington’s of Hove, Sussex. It then passed to St. Dunstan’s home for the blind, just outside Brighton, and worked there for many years. The vendor believes that this bus was used at the World famous Star and Garter Hospital for injured serviceman in Richmond-upon-Thames and then after changing owners, this Albion was the subject to an external restoration sometime in the Eighties, painting the bus in the Hovis colours, which she is presented here today. The Art Deco style interior is completely original and in very good order. The vendor purchased this Albion in 2002 and added it to his collection of commercial vehicles and has had very little use since. This 26 seat bus is supplied with a V5 registration document and a Class V MoT test certificate. Please note if the coach was to be used for fare paying passengers it would require a full PSV standard test certificate.


Quiet a bit of its history seems to be missing, St Dunstan's sold it to Rank Hovis who used it for the sports/cricket  club. I bought it from them. While in their ownership they removed the 6cly petrol engine and fitted a 4 cly diesel.
Some of the jobs I did on it, some new side windows, rubbed down all the interior wood work and re-varnished it all with four coats. Had some seat covers repaired. Recovered the roof as it leaked badly. Made an exhaust for it. Repaired the fuel gauge, magnet/float inside the fuel tank was sized. Rewired, repainted the whole of the outside. Had it sign written Hovis, front back and sides along with the motto "don't say brown say Hovis" on the rear doors just as it had been in service but was removed when they sold it.
New tyres and brakes, engine hoses but it never let me down in 8 years of ownership. Glad to see it's still around.
I sold it to a "mate" for £350, to a good home, he had it less than 6 weeks and he had made £1000 when he sold it on. I only sold it as I was buying my first house and was short of money that's also when I had to sell my first Morris JB van, VOU 562 which is also still about I'm glad to say.

A list of chassis number and registration dates.

J/R 010 10/1949--J/R 649 1949--J/R 755 1/1950--J/R 1061 12/1949--J/R 1102 12/1949--J/L 1518 1950--J/R 1612 03/1950--J/L 2935 1951--J/R 4491 11/1950--J/R 6050 12/1950--J/R 6187 1/1951--J/R 10916 12/1951--J/R 10972 1/1952--J/R 14776 12/1952--J/R 145931/1953--J/R 15455 1/1953--J/R 16261 03/1953--J/R 18124 1952--J/R 19902 12/1953--J/R 20658 02/1954--J/R 21720 12/1953--J/R 23555 1954--J/R 24274 1954--J/R 25618 12/1954--J/R 25079 1/1955--J/R 25741 05/1955--J/R 29869 11/1955--J/R 30963 11/1955--J/R 3183110/1955--J/R 32465 11/1955--J/R 33340 1/1956--J/R 35466 1/1957--J/R 35671 12/1956--JB/MR 37200 06/1957--JB/MR 39547 12/1957--JB/MR 39012 1/1958--JB/MR 39648 1/1958--JB/MR 42533 1/1959--JB/MR 42677 12/1958--JB/MR 43367 1959--JB/MR 45648 1/1960--JB/MR 45693 12/1959--JB/MR 46009 02/1960--JB/MR 47648 12/1960--JB/MR 47907 12/1960--JB/MR 48069 01/1961--JB/MR 48219 01/1961
Approximate Production data for each year.
1949 750 vehicles -1950 5347 -1951 5051 -19524098 -1953 5027 -1954 6000 -1955 6894 -19563169 -1957 3284 -1958 3131 -1959 2965 -19602516 -1961 362
Total produced 48620


Ardingly Vehicle Show 12/7/09. Picture taken by Clive Barker.