VINTAGE COACH HIRE
We have three vintage motor coaches, two of which are currently available for hire for your wedding or other special occasion. Sometimes we take the bride to the church, or your guests can arrive in style! Both coaches have been carefully restored, and are maintained to present day standards.
JT 8077 is a 1937 Bedford WTB with 25 seat coachwork by Duple. JT was new to South Dorset Coaches at Corfe Castle in Dorset, and stayed with the company for thirty years before passing to Adge Cutler, of Wurzels fame. Adge and his brother Roy took her to a number of rallies, including the London to Brighton Historic Commercial vehicle Run. Following Adge's untimely death in a road accident, she passed to new owners in Gloucestershire in the mid 1970s. She became semi derelict before passing to Pearce, Darch & Willcox, at Cattistock, in Dorset who restored her, and recertified her as a psv in 1987. After two or three years the company and its modern coaches sold out to Southern National, but JT remained in the old garage until 1992 when acquired by the present owner. Very few WTBs survive today, and JT is the only example in passenger service.
CCF 648 is a 1949 Bedford OB with 27 seat coachwork by Duple. The OB replaced the WTB in the summer of 1939, and by the time that production ceased in early 1951, over fifteen thousand had been built. The OB is a real classic of the coach world, could be regarded as the Morris Minor or Austin Seven of the industry, and they are fondly rembered by many people today as the bus they travelled to school on. Our coach spent most of its life in East Anglia, firstly with Theobald's Coaches of Long Melford, before passing to Hector Boon of Boon's Coaches in the late 1970s. Hector superbly restored the coach, and it won a number of prominent awards before passing to the present owner in 1987. In the last few years it has completed tours as far afield as North Wales, the Peak District, North Devon and Norfolk.
CDL 792 is another Bedford WTB, with Duple 26 seat coachwork, new in 1939 to the Isle of Wight firm of Shotters, with whom it stayed until early 1970. It then passed through several mainland owners, before reaching Lancashire in the early 1990s. It returned to the island at the end of September 2008, after an absence of nearly forty years. The coach is in remarkable condition, with original interior trim, and full length "concertina" style sunroof. This is the oldest surviving island registered bus or coach in restored condition, although not yet recertified for hire .