VAM Production Begins
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A FUNCTION took place at the Luton factory of Vauxhall Motors Ltd. last week to mark the star: of production of the new VAM passenger chassis which was fully described in The! COMMerCi(11 Moior on June 18 last.
After a talk given by the personnel of the engineering design department of the company, our Press party was taken on a short journey in a Plaxion-bodied VAM along Ml and then across country for about 15 miles. This ride gave roe the impression that the vehicle will become very popular with the coach-travelling public as it is quiet, gives an excellent bumpand roll-free ride and its construction allows for extremely attractive body designs.
From the operators' point of view, the inclusion of lubrication-free springshackle assemblies and the use of prepacked steering joints and propellershaft universal joints cuts down the maintenance requirements considerably. Another point to be welcomed is the new crankcase breathing arrangement which ensures that there is no entry of engine fumes into the coach interior.
Suitable for coachwork containing from 41 to 45 seats. the VAM is of front-entrance design and can be powered by three alternative engines-the Bedford 300 cu. in. petrol engine. the Bedford 360 cu. in. diesel engine or the Leyland. 400 cu. in. diesel engine. There is a useful range of transmission units which should cater very well for any operator's requirements. R.D.C.