Crosville`s AEC Matador 59 A

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AEC  MATADOR 59A

 A brief history

Originally built for the Royal Navy in 1945.  

Crosville Motor Services Ltd. bought the vehicle in 1957.

The overall task of rebuilding to Crosville`s own specification is believed to have taken up to 6 months.

 

Issued with Fleet No.59 A and in a Tilling green and cream livery the Matador was used for the recovery of Crosville`s buses and coaches after major incidents.

 

After Crosville became part of the National Bus Company NBC 59A was painted in the company livery of green and white ( c.1971-1972 ).

 

Finally she was painted yellow and work done to bring her up to new Road Safety Regulations.

 

In 1986 approx 59 A was registered under Q plates.

She was laid up at Sealand Road Works and thought to have to have moved to Crosville Wales upon deregulation in 1986 when she spent a short spell at Llandudno Junction, eventually ending up at Aberystwyth depot.

 

She was operated by Paragon Motors of Penygroes near Caernarfon, a quarry company, owned by someone in or around Betws-y-Coed and finally bought by Richard Thorp who moved her to Henley-on-Thames.

59A was 62 years of age on the 26th of April 2007, and we would like to thank all of you who left comments.