LEYLANDS FOR S. AFRICA AND ISRAEL
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EYLAND MOTORS LTD. has now released more details of the £9m, orders from South Africa and Israel, announced in The Commercial Motor last week. A total of 3,133 goods and passenger vehicles is involved, 2,068 of which are to go to South Africa, and the remainder to Israel. Of the South African vehicles, 1.284 will be produced in Leyland factories and the remaining 784 in Albion Motors' plant in Glasgow.
The 100 vehicles for South African Railways' Road Motor Services, and their civil engineering and construction department referred to last week will include 25 Leyland Olympic and 20 Worldmaster buses with five-speed Pneumocyclic gearboxes, the Olympics operating as country passenger buses. The Worldmasters will be fitted with semi-luxury bodies by Bus Bodies S.A. Ltd. The remaining railway vehicles will comprise 34 Leyland Hippos and 11 Albion Chieftain Super Six chassis, together with 10 Scammell Contractor 6 x 4 tractive units.
No less than 500 Leyland Super Comet I4-ton haulage and tipper chassis are included in the South African orders, together with 440 Albion Chieftain 101--ton chassis. Also, 228 Leyland Hippo chassis and 172 Worldmaster bus chassis are to be supplied.
Leyland Panthers will make their debut in Israel as part of the 1.065 vehicles to be supplied, and 10 of these chassis have been ordered, together with 490 Leyland Worldmaster bus chassis. Of the goods vehicles ordered, 210 are to be Leyland Super Beavers, 55 six-wheeled Leyland Super Hippos, 150 Albion Chieftain Super Six and 150 Albion Clydesdale chassis.
Super Clydesdale Gearbox THE gearbox used in the new Albion Super Clydesdale, described in this journal last week, is an Albion product and not an A.E.C. unit as previously stated. The wheel brake units also are of Albion manufacture, not Girling.
Tests for Goods Vehicles RPEAKING at the opening session of
the International Study Week in Traffic Engineering and International Road Safety Congress in London this week, Mr. Marples gave another hint that annual testing of heavy commercial vehicles would be introduced. Having said that all cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles over five years old had to undergo annual tests of their fitness to be on the road, he continued that the Ministry were making plans to extend this requirement to the heavier goods vehicles, and that they also intended to reduce the age limit below five years.