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Bristol Commercial Vehicles

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Bristol Commercial Vehicles Ltd was a manufacturer of buses and trucks based in Bristol

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1955 Bristol chassis production was separated from the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co bus operating activities and renamed Bristol Commercial Vehicles.

1963 Bristol Commercial Vehicles became part of the Transport Holding Co

1965 Leyland Motors bought a 25% holding in Bristol and in Eastern Coach Works from the Transport Holding Company, allowing sales to non-THC fleets.

1969 The National Bus Company was formed and took 50% of Bristol.

1969 National Bus Co formed a joint venture with British Leyland (the 25% owner of Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co and Eastern Coach Works), by means of which British Leyland became a 50% owner of the NBC's manufacturing companies. The joint venture designed and built a new single-deck bus, the Leyland National. The first bus was delivered in 1972, and it remained in production until 1986. The National was also available to other bus operators.

1975 Leyland and the National Bus Company set up joint manufacturers which controlled Bristol, Eastern Coach Works and Leyland National.

BCV became part of Leyland Bus.

1983 Leyland wanted to cut surplus capacity, so decided to close Bristol. All production moved to the Leyland plant in Workington. The closure of BCV left Leyland Bus with four plants in the UK and a workforce reduced from 4,800 to 4,270.[1]

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  1. The Engineer 1983/02/03