PRESERVED BUSES & COACHES

REG PPH 698
MAKE BEDFORD
MODEL SB
YEAR 1951
BODY Duple 
OWNER Geoff Heel
HISTORY The SB, Bedford's first forward control design was launched at the 1950 Commercial Motor Show as the replacement for the OB, and as a 33 seater, it was the company's largest design at that time. It used a four speed synchromesh gearbox & hypoid rear axle, braking being of vacuum servo hydraulic type. It was also the first Bedford PSV chassis to be offered with a choice of petrol & diesel engines.
One of the oldest, & best, is Geoff Heel's 1951 SB (PPH 698). New to H.R. Richmond Ltd of Epsom in 1951, this is one of the early style Duple bodies with the Bedford front cowl. In absolutely immaculate condition, Geoff has won an award with PPH 698 at almost every Bedford Gathering.

Information from: http://wakefield-files.freehostia.com/bedfordsb.htm

 

 
Above photos taken at: Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day
Taken on: 20th June 2010 (earlier picture below)

 

 

Above photo taken at: Brijan Tours Open Day (vintage bus and coach show), Bottings Industrial Estate, Botley, Hants
Taken on: 19th April 2009

 

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Photographs Mike Smith 2010
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