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Guy Motors: Buses

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February 1921.
August 1928.
August 1928.
March 1930.
May 1930.
May 1930.
May 1930.
Reg No: MXX 313.
1950. Guy Duple.
1950. Guy Duple. Reg No: HWO 342.
Reg No: FA 9716. Exhibit at the National Brewery Centre.

Note: This is a sub-section of Guy Motors.


1924 They produced a drop-frame chassis with a normal-control layout.

1926 They pioneered a six-wheeler double decked bus seating 60 passengers, with pneumatic tyres and normal control, and electric trolley bus

1927 A forward-control six-wheeler double-decker followed, the first model went to the London Public Omnibus Co.

1927 Guy produced their own six-cylinder engine with inclined side valves.

1928 Improved versions made, and single and double-deck four wheel models were introduced. These were later named Conquest for the single deck and Invincible for the double. These were the first British chassis specifically designed for Gardner oil engines. Sales of these models were low and by the middle of the 1930s had disappeared completely.

WW2 Guy went back to making the big buses as the Government were urgently requiring simple and reliable buses to help carry workers to war factories.

Guy redesigned the 1933 Arab. The prototype was completed in 1942 and Swindon Corporation was the first to operate this model.

1944 2,000 Arab chassis had been completed; they proved reliable and long-lived.

1945 Burnley Town Council to purchase 16 new double deck buses from Guy Motors and East Lancashire Coachbuilders.[1]

1946 Guy's first postwar model was the Arab III; this model was available as a single and double-decker.

1948 Guy Motors acquired Sunbeam Trolley Bus Co from J. Brockhouse and Co except for the tools section which Brockhouse retained[2]

1950 The Arab IV was produced; they had concealed radiators.

1959 The 'Wulfrunian was launched; it had a Gardner 6LX engine.

1960 to 1965 West Riding bought 127 Wulfrunian models.

List of Models

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Burnley Express - Saturday 02 July 1949
  2. The Times, Oct 01, 1948