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419 - UOU 419H

Leyland Panther-

  • Fleet Number: 419
  • Registration: UOU 419H
  • Year: 1970
  • Chassis: Leyland Panther PSUR1A/1R
  • Engine: Leyland 0.680
  • Body: Plaxton Derwent B52F

The last of the three Leyland Panthers bought by King Alfred Motor Services in 1970 for £7,300 each. It operated with Hants and Dorset following the demise of King Alfred Motor Services in April 1973 until withdrawal in 1980. Sold to Rees and Williams of Tycroes, south Wales, 419 was eventually bought by FoKAB in 1988 and returned to King Alfred livery.

In 2007 419 participated in Plaxton’s centenary event at their Scarborough works and in 2011 received a refurbished roof.  During 2021 it underwent a major restoration of the bodywork by Qualiti Conversions at Botley.  This entailed the replacement of much decayed body framework, then reinstatement of the body panels followed by renewal of the rubber window seals and a complete repaint with authentic King Alfred colours, logos and adverts.  419 reappeared on free vintage bus services at our Running Day on 3rd January 2022. 

Image: 419 receiving new roof timber framing and panels in 2011