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Three-axle classic Bedford bus
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No: 1755   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: England
Three-axle classic Bedford bus

Picture of Johnson Bros classic Bedford VAL14 single deck bus, registration 5188RU, taken at Showbus 2007. Note this is a 3-axle bus with two of them at the front!
This Bedford bus with Plaxton body was built 6/1963 for Excelsior, Bournemouth (England).

Photo © and courtesy Steven Kirk
Picture added on 16 June 2009 at 16:19
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This particular wheel layout with 4 steered wheels at the front is known as a "chinese six"

Added by Tractor Paul on 04 March 2010.
A lot of these seem to be coming up for sale in magazine classifieds.

Added by Andrew Wright on 05 March 2010.
The full-size version of Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce, FAB 1, was built on one of these chassis.

Added by Roger Mason on 07 December 2010.
Logical when you give it some thought. Thank you for that bit of info, I for one had no idea.

Added by Andrew Wright on 07 December 2010.
Have you watched The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour?

Added by Fazer9553 on 08 December 2010.
No Beatles not my scene, not sure if that makes me a bit unusual really. :-D

Added by Andrew Wright on 08 December 2010.
Ha Ha you won't draw me on that . . .
But it might be worth a quick look at the film if only for the VAL :)

Added by Fazer9553 on 08 December 2010.
Prepare to be amazed.
I have just uploaded a photo of my Beatles Magical Mystery Tour bus to transport-models. Despite what I have written about the steering the front wheels, all 4, do move.
It is in mint condition so is the box so I am waiting for the time when it is worth hundreds, if not thousands, of £'s. Well I can dream can't I?
I have probably had it for 30 years or more?
So am I a collector or can you think of another name? Publishable of course.

Added by John Southall on 08 December 2010.
Looks great!

Added by Fazer9553 on 09 December 2010.
Sad John. Ha ha, I have plenty here, I don't buy moels often anymore, unless they are either AEC or Land Rover related.
Fazer, remember now I have watched the best VAL film of all time, :-D The Italian Job.
Regards to you both.

Added by Andrew Wright on 09 December 2010.
This VAL is powered by a Leyland 400 engine, the only Bedford passenger chassis to use this power unit. From 1966ish VALs used the Bedford 466 cu.in. 70 Series engine. The VALwas the only Bedford 3- axle bus/coach chassis. The VAL14 (Leyland) in 'The Italian Job' was I understand somewhat unusual as it featured a Harrington body.

Added by Peter Goodall on 14 February 2012.
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