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Sincere thanks to all that preserve and maintain Guy Arabs! The LUT fleet was something of an oddity in that the indicator layout – in the days I paid any attention to the fleet – was similar to Manchester’s while the livery was more or less in the style of London Transport: red and cream then, when LT went to red and a grey stripe, so did LUT.

Finding that this has a MCCW body came as a bit of a surprise, too, because almost all the vehicles I’ve ever seen from their fleet (I know, someone’s going to correct me! Pete you are right, the majority of LUT’s Guy Arabs had Northern Counties bodies, both rear and forward entrance.

I understand the copy Manchester destination arrangement was the result of a senior manager joining LUT from Manchester sometime in the 1950’s.

The same gentleman brought preselect Daimlers into the fleet at the same time.

Firstly, I should correct the date I gave in my comment above.

Guy went into receivership and was bought by the Jaguar Group in 1961, not 1960 – apologies.

It was pressure from established aficionados of the marque, together with the almost universal rejection of the troublesome Wulfrunian that then quickly led to the reinstatement of the Arab.

The slightly earlier Massey bodied Arab (superbly maintained by Wyvern Omnibus Ltd) appeared at the GWR (Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway) 1940s weekend earlier in the year. The photos were taken by Mr Ray Phillips aka "Ray the Spiv", sometimes seen on wanted posters at 1940s events! Colin Shears told me that when faced with the choice of which of the Massey-bodied batch to preserve he went straight for TFJ 808, as it had the most musical gearbox of the lot.

Nos 244 – 249 were withdrawn in 1963, and the remaining five had their bodies altered to B39F form in 1964, though, strangely, 254 and 255 were withdrawn from service in that same year. More pictures of these buses may be found on the OBP Southampton gallery.An underfloor of real character: uncompromisingly no-nonsense bodywork, a good solid chassis and wonderful sound-effects.My only ride on one of these was not in Southampton but with an independent in Lincolnshire.What a pity, though, that none of the Park Royals survived.A question: was the Arab IV available to the end, or was it replaced by the Arab V?

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