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Duple Motor Bodies

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March 1949.
April 1951.
1957. Bedford Duple Vega. Reg No: WPT 738.
October 1958.
September 1968.

Duple was a bus and coach bodybuilder of London

1919 Company founded Herbert R. White

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.

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Sources of Information

  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris