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Bristol Commercial Vehicles: Lodekka LD

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1949. Prototype.
1966. Exhibit at Bristol's 'M Shed'.

Note: This is a sub-section of Bristol Commercial Vehicles.

The Bristol Lodekka was a low-height double-decker bus

Bristol manufactured over 5,200 Lodekkas from 1949 to 1968, as a standard double-deck vehicle.

All examples were bodied by Eastern Coach Works in Lowestoft. They have a traditional half-cab design and a lower floor level allowing a low overall height.

The earlier LD-series and the later FL and FS had a rear platform, but the FSF and FLF had a front entrance. Most were powered by 5 or 6-cylinder Gardner engines, with fewer having a Bristol or Leyland power unit.

1960 The FS (Flat Short) and FL (Flat Long) versions were released where the sunken gangway was avoided by restricting the depth of the main chassis side

The Bristol Lodekka was also manufactured by Dennis Brothers under licence, and was sold as the Dennis Loline.

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