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Duple Coachbuilders From Domination to Demise

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Duple Coachbuilders From Domination to Demise


One of the greatest names of the British bus and coach industry, Duple Bodies & Motors Ltd was first established in north London immediately after World War 1 and grew as a business over the next three decades, emerging from World War 2 as one of the most important builders of both bus and coach bodies in the country. A particularly close relationship existed with Bedford, with the company producing a number of classic designs for such models as the diminutive OB and the three-axle VAL. In the post-war period Duple came to be one of the dominant forces in the construction of coach bodies, acquiring competitors such as Burlingham during the process. However, changes in the bus industry and the decline of both Bedford and Ford as chassis manufacturers resulted in a slow but inexorable decline in the business, culminating in the closure of the company's final factory in Blackpool in 1989.

Additional Information

Stock Code: CR712.0
Author: Sims C
ISBN13: 9781908347121
Height(mm): 210
Width(mm): 148
Page Count: 64
Publication Date: 9 May 2013
Publisher: CRECY
Publication Status: Available
MDS Books

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