Lot 265 - 1967 AEC Routemaster Bus
|£48,000 - £60,000
- Professionally converted interior
- A unique opportunity to purchase a piece of London history
The AEC Routemaster was designed by London Transport and built by the Associated Equipment Company. The prototype was completed in 1954 and the model was in production until the last one was delivered in 1968. A pioneering design, the Routemaster outlasted several of its intended replacement models going on to become one of London’s most famous symbols. In 2006 the Routemaster was voted one of Britain’s top 10 design icons in a list that included Concorde, The Spitfire and the London tube map. One heritage route is still operated by Routemasters in central London. Most Routemasters were built for London Transport, although small numbers were built for British European Airways and the Northern General Transport Company. A total of 2,876 Routemasters were built, of which 1,280 are thought to be still in existence.
Originally registered on 14th September 1967, SMK 666F was in service with London Transport for several years and must have seen some sights during its working life. This particular Routemaster was purchased in January 2018 and in December 2018 a full restoration project was started by a company called D Class involving a complete strip and rebuild of the entire interior of the bus to the owner's personal touch. The lower deck features a softball area with the floor and surrounding areas in soft rubber padding and a TV installed. The upper deck is designed for the adults and features a bar, a fridge, an ice maker, and lounge area for people to sit, drink, and socialise. Reported to drive well, these iconic buses will always be a part of London history and are easily maintained through a well-established and enthusiastic Owner’s Club.
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