Walsall bus at Show again
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IT is almost a tradition that a Walsall Corporation Transport bus (or trolleybus) should appear at the Commercial Motor Show, whether inside the exhibition hall or in the demonstration park (as at the last show). This year is no exception, and the Northern Counties Motor and Engineering Co. Ltd., will be exhibiting one of the unique 70-seat frontand forward-entrance double-deckers designed by the undertaking and mounted on a specially modified Daimler Fleetline chassis.
Also on the Northern Counties stand will be a 69-seat, forward-entrance doubledeck body, one of many built by the company for Southdown Motor Services Ltd., and mounted on a Leyland PD3/4 chassis. The bus will feature curved windscreens and curved windows at the front of the upper saloon. The third exhibit by NCME will be a 40seat plus 16 standing body on a Leyland Tiger Cub chassis for the Lancashire United Transport Co. Ltd. This single-decker will have an overall length of 32 ft. and will feature a one-piece curved windscreen.
Ford continues expansion
DESPITE the credit squeeze, the Ford Motor Co. Ltd. is going ahead with its 1966 expansion plan and has announced the acquisition of a 20-acre factory in Buckinghamshire. Commenting on the new acquisition, Ford's managing director, Mr. Stanley Gillen, said: "The factory is near our main truck plant at Langley and will enable us to increase production of trucks and vans there and at the associated facility at Southampton."
This year has been an outstanding commercial vehicle one for Ford and export records have been broken every month. In the first six months commercial sales overseas were more than 50 per cent up on last year.