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This guide features a number of classic British buses from the 1960s.
AEC Regent V ( East Kent )
Based in Canterbury, East Kent covered a wide area of Kent, bounded by the sea on three sides and fellow BET company, Maidstone and District, to the west. The AEC Regent 5 LD3RA double-decker entered the East Kent fleet in 1958. The MkV Regent had the largest number of options and variations of any Regent produced. There were three different engines available together with monocontrol and synchromesh gearboxes, air pressure and triple vacuum servo-assisted braking.
AEC Routemaster ( BEA )
The advent of AEC's Routemaster vehicle was probably the greatest step forward in bus design not only in London Transport's history but for the bus world in general. In 1966 B.E.A. ( British European Airways ) took delivery of 65 RMF type Routemasters fitted with 27ft 6in bodies for operation on the Airport service from Gloucester Road to Heathrow. These had provision for the luggage to be carried in a two-wheeler trailer towed by the bus.
BMMO D9 ( Midland Red )
Midland Red were interested in developing a 30ft long high capacity double-decker as far back as 1951, but it was not until 1956 that such vehicles were approved. The 30ft D9 prototype appeared in 1958, a remarkable advanced integral 72-seat machine fitted with the new BMMO KL 10.5-litre engine coupled to an electrically controlled self-changing gearbox. Production vehicles were introduced in 1960, and over the next six years a total of 345 examples had entered service.
Bristol Lodekka ( Hants