COACH SERVICES IN NORTH AFRICA.
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111./ EFERENCE has frequently been made in our columns to the great developments that are taking place in the establishment of regular motorbus and excursion motor coach services in North Africa, and which are gradually being extended farther and farther into remote places in the Sahara Desert. This week we are able to illustrate two types of four and six-wheeled vehicles, a number of which has lately been supplied to a company known as the Auto Circuits Nord Africains. In both cases the chassis are of Renault construction, whilst the bodywork has been built by Bretean Freres et Cie, of Paris.
The four-wheeled vehicles are intended for use in the more highly developed districts, where good-class roads are available, whilst the six-wheelers will be employed on the desert routes. Both models are designed to carry 10 passengers and a large quantity of luggage.
A noteworthy, feature of the fourwheeled coaches, which have large drop windows, is that the bodywork is of fabric construction.
Features of the six-wheeled chassis to which attention may be drawn are the high clearance, so as to enable the vehicles to traverse rough tracks, the folding steps to give access to the seats, the container for extra fuel and other supplies, the light curtains which may be drawn to keep off the hot sun while allowing cooling breezes to enter, and the use of six twin-tyred wheels, the vehicles thus running on 12 tyres, these being pneumatics,