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Light 35-seater A35-SEAT bus weighing 3 tons 18 cwt. unladen has been added to the Bristol range. In the prototype, now in service with the Eastern National Omnibus Co., Ltd., a Gardner 4LK 3.8litre oil engine was installed and in the second vehicle a Perkins P6 unit is used.
Apart from the general employment of proprietary lightweight units, the chassis is of orthodox design. The specification includes a Borg and Beck 12-in.-diameter clutch, David Brown five-speed overdrive-top gearbox, Hardy Spicer propeller shaft, Bedford hypoid rear axle and Bedford hydraulic brakes with Clayton Dewandre vacuum servo. Single 7.50-20-in. tyres are fitted on the front wheels, with similar equipment on the twin rear wheels.
B I 0 Light alloy is used for the frame assembly, the main members of which are formed from rolled plate and extruded angles riveted to produce channel sections. Similar material will be used in production chassis, but extruded channel sections will be employed.
Body and chassis are of semi-integral construction, with outrigger brackets at each cross-member coinciding with the main pillars.
The body has light-alloy structural members and panelling. To facilitate possible one-man operation, the powerassisted doors arc just behind the nearside front wheel.
A new lorry cab has also been produced.