Duple Motor Bodies
Duple was a bus and coach bodybuilder of London
1919 Company founded Herbert R. White
1920 Of Pembroke Works, Pembroke Road, High Street, Hornsey
1928 W. E. Brown joined as a partner. His sons Richard and Denis later joined the business.
1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers
1946 Public company.
1960 Duple took over H. V. Burlingham of Blackpool.
1961 Manufacturers and designers of luxury coach and service bus bodies. 800 employees.
1974 Developed a prototype three-axled semi-articulated bus, in which the engine and auxiliary services are carried on a demountable extension behind the passenger carrying section.
1983 Duple became part of the Hestair Group.
1984 Duple exhibited the Integral 425 model at the Motor Show.
1989 Plaxton's bought the manufacturing rights for the coach products of its main domestic competitor, Duple, for £4 million.
1990 Hestair closed down Duple.
Sources of Information
- Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris