Leyland PD3A/1 L02593
Park Royal (Metro-Cammell)
Purchased new by
Leicester City Transport
Converted to a promotional community bus with BP-Shell. Also converted to Play bus by Aberdeen Council.
Park Royal (Metro-Cammell) bodied Leyland Titan PD3 80 (80HBC) was new to Leicester City Transport in April 1964 and was one of a batch of twenty PD3s purchased. These were numbered 76 to 95.
When new, the Leyland wore a cream livery which consisted of two horizontal blue stripes going around it, but when time came for it to enter the paint shop for a repaint, the company opted for maroon stripes second time around, with the livery being rolled out across the Leicester fleet. The vehicle was withdrawn and sold to BP-Shell during the late seventies where it was converted to pubic exhibition unit. Shell-Mex and BP British was a joint marketing venture between petroleum companies Shell and BP. 80HBC appeared as a Community Bus assumingly promoting the company joint-venture, with photos noted of it in and around the burgh town of Bukie which is located on the Moray Firth coast of Scotland in Moray.
After use with BP-Shell it was then sold to Aberdeen County Council where they used it as a Children’s' Play Bus. During the course of its life with BP-Shell and Aberdeen County Council, it undertook heavy modification which included; removal of seats, windows, rear entrance door and modified rear bumper. Aberdeen Council auctioned the Leyland off after its Play Bus days around the mid-nineties, where it was bought and converted to a motorhome. After being in use as a caravan, and jumping between preservation owners, it has now pitched up at THV with a new owner very willing to restore her as much as he can.
The vehicle is currently registered ACU4258, which it obtained during its caravaning days.