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John C. Beadle

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August 1948.

John C. Beadle Coachbuilders of Dartford

See John Clayton Beadle

The method they used was to take components from prewar buses or coaches and build them into patented all-alloy intergral construction as single-decker buses or coaches.

1912 Staff and employees were 130 at the Dartford and Footscray Coach and Motor Works. J. C. Beadle, Fred Beadle, and N. E. Beadle were among those at celebrations.[1]

From 1945 to 1947 by using Commer, Leyland Motors, Bedford and Dennis, components, four 33-seater prototypes were built.

Gardner 4LK engines were present in the Leyland and Dennis.

1948 Beadle exhibited the only underfloor horizontal-engine vehicle at the Commercial Motor Show.

Beadle produced the Canterbury coach and Thanet bus. These were sold under their own name.

1957 Production ceased.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. 1912/06 Cooper's Vehicle journal p99
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris
  • British Buses Since 1945 by John Creighton. Published 1983. ISBN 0 7137 1258 9