Lot 348 - 1964 12973 AEC 'Routemaster'

Lot 348 - 1964 12973 AEC 'Routemaster'

Lot 348 - 1964 12973 AEC 'Routemaster'

Lot Number 348
Registration 790 DYE
Chassis Number RM1790
Engine Number tbc
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £30,240

A pioneering design, the Routemaster outlasted several of its replacement types in London, survived the privatisation of the former London Transport bus operators and was also used by other operators around the UK. In modern UK public transport bus operation, the old-fashioned features of the standard Routemaster were generally loved by all who used them, the open platform, while exposed to the elements, allowed boarding and alighting away from stops and the presence of a conductor allowed minimal boarding time and optimal security. The Routemaster became one of London's most famous symbols.
               
Used by London Transport for over 25 years, its final journey was to the Acton Depot in West London whereupon it was sold to the Lewisham Poverty Action Group. It then went to their depot where it was refitted. The seats (mostly) were removed and its transformation into a pre-school play bus began.

The Lewisham Playbus, as it was then known, represented an essential outreach service for children in the borough who might not otherwise have access to pre-school activities. It catered for the under-fives and offered a warm and safe environment where children could play, read and integrate with other children. An essential part of growing up.  Originally part of a fleet of two, this remaining example has been maintained by professional technicians at the Wearside Road Depot. The service history just since the year 2000 is 1½" thick. Not only that but it now has a modern Cummings Euro 4 engine mated to an advanced Alison World 'push button' transmission with emissions conforming with current London LEZ protocols. Mechanically, it is in exceptional order with additional battery conditioners to keep the auxiliary heaters running during periods of stationary use.

As such, it represents a very rare opportunity to buy an example which can be used or adapted for further hospitality/promotional use or even returned to standard bus format, as the parts for these wonderful vehicles are easily available through a well-established and enthusiastic owners club. Supplied with road tax and an MoT test certificate valid until June 2015, this also has the bonus of being able to be driven on a car license (subject to certain conditions). Notably also, all proceeds from the sale of this Double Decker will be donated to charity. As if you didn't need another reason to register and bid...

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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