Aldridge Transport Museum
Displaying the legacy of road transport in the West Midlands
Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

1291RE / 1292RE - Guy Arab LUF chassis with Willowbrook Viking C41F coach body

Registration

1291RE / 1292RE

Year

1959

Name

Guy Arab LUF chassis with Willowbrook Viking C41F coach body

Operator/Owner

Harper Brothers (Heath Hayes) 57 and 58

Livery

To be restored to Harper Bros\' green and cream

Further reading

These vehicles are not on site at Aldridge.
In 1959, the much-loved local operator Harper Bros., who also had a garage in Aldridge, purchased the last four Guy Arab LUF chassis to be sold, and had two fitted with Burlingham Seagull coach bodies, two with Willowbrook Viking coach bodies. Amazingly, all four still exist and in 2105, the museum acquired the two Willowbrook examples. After service with Harpers, 57 and 58 moved to Northern Ireland and subsequently to the Irish Republic. Their final Irish owner, who had started and abandoned restoration, shipped them to the UK and donated them to the museum. Work has started on 1291RE, but it will be some years before it once again graces the roads of South Staffordshire; once 1291RE is complete, 1292RE will be considered for restoration, probably not by the museum itself.