BMC Training Buses - How many are there about

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BMC Training Buses - How many are there about

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Seeing the listing on ebay of the very crusty BMC Training Bus. It set me wondering how many of these are there about / known of?
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Bus believed to be the one restored by Paul Stanworth.
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A similar, but different "Comps dept" conversion.
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Unknown Red LHD Bus
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The one on ebay at the moment.
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NWL883H - Former Hippy Wagon
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Harris Tours Mobile Office
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Unknown, believed to be in the States / canada
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Unknown
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Listed by Bonhams in 2015

Heralding from relatively later on in the series, this 1963 vehicle is understood to be based on a Morris FFK 140 commercial chassis, and is thought to be one of only two that were supplied to the U.S. market, therefore being built to left hand drive specification.

This particular one is believed to be the vehicle that was displayed at the 1964 Chicago Auto Show, where period images show it neatly parked at the back of the MG show stand alongside the new MGB's. By the late 2000s it had found its way to California and had received a sympathetic rebuild and colorful paintjob to keep with period BMC styles.

A well-known vehicle, in more recent times it has been a much loved part of the personal collection of television's star of Chasing Classic Cars, Wayne Carini. Always known for his wide ranging tastes in vehicles, it was during the 2010 January Arizona auction season that he found the BMC and couldn't resist it. From the moment of his acquisition it has been something that he has both shared and enjoyed with others (one episode of his popular show was even devoted to its purchase). It was also subsequently toured in the West Coast before bringing it was brought back to his home base in Connecticut.

Over the course of the last five years, the BMC has been shown at numerous local concours events including the Fairfield County Concours. Always a popular sight, it would perhaps lend itself best to being a paddock support vehicle for vintage race meets such as the Lime Rock Classic on Labor Day weekend.

Its tasteful refurbishment now aged a little, the vehicle has a charming patina and a 'real' feel to it. Better still, it has received an upgraded Perkins diesel engine which is mated to a two-speed rear axle. It is comparatively usable and remains in running order, so much so that it is expected to be driven to the auction venue.

With a fascinating early history and continued touring and exposure in recent years, the vehicle is an important part of the BMC story and is ready for the next chapter in its life.
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