What a Fin-tastic Bus!

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars was recently contacted about a very special valuation on this rather intriguing 1950’s Lymers bus, known locally as ‘The Fishtail’.

This interesting A.E.C Regal Mk.111 has had quite an extraordinary life. Costing a mere £5,000 when new, she was used to travel to many a ‘Festival of Britain’ celebration in London, along with some school runs and trips to the coast.

Most famously, she carried Stoke City Football Club around Stoke-On-Trent after their triumph in the 1972 League Cup.

After going into storage in the 70’s for over twenty years, her new owners have given her a new lease of life and undergone a labour of love restoration. She’s been rewired, re-panelled, painted and upholstered, along with having her engine fine-tuned.

Interestingly, the Dorsel Fin was one of the earliest versions of what we now know as air-con. Back in the 50’s there would have been large numbers of smokers using transport like this, so the fin would act as a vent to expel the smoke.

We’ve fallen in love with this fishtail bus full of character, be on the look out for her next exploration!

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