80 80HBC

80 / 80 HBC

Fleet Number







Leyland PD3A/1 L02593


Park Royal (Metro-Cammell)

Body Number

PR B50000

Purchased new by

Leicester City Transport

Current livery


Entered Preservation





Converted to a promotional community bus with BP-Shell. Also converted to Play bus by Aberdeen Council.

Vehicle Details

Vehicle Profile

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 The vehicle was withdrawn and sold to BP-Shell during the late seventies where it was converted to pubic exhibition unit.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.



Unit T3 Felling Business Centre

Green Lane, Gateshead

Tyne & Wear, NE10 0QH

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