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Foden: Buses

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Note: This is a sub-section of Foden.


  • Foden introduced diesel buses in the early 1930s.
  • In 1933 the first PSV chassis The Bandmaster carried the famous Foden brass band. It had forward control layout with Gardner 4LW engine to the rear-side of the driver.
  • Foden built three double-deckers and a small number of single-deckers with larger Gardner 4LW.
  • 1945 A PVD6 double-decker demonstrator was made. This model had a full width bonnet, a concealed radiator, hydraulic brakes, and a speedometer in the middle of the steering wheel.
  • 1946 A single-decker was launched, the PVSC6.
  • 1948 Foden exhibited a two-stroke engine, 4.1 litre unit called the FD6.
  • 1950 Developed a single-deck coach chassis, it had full-front bodywork with a setback front axle.
  • 1954 Production of rear-engined Fodens had ceased.
  • 1955 Saw Foden produce five PVD6 double-deckers, 450 of these were built in the space of ten years. Seventy five of these were exports that were mainly sent to Australia.

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