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SFC 610 AEC Regal IV
In 1952 The City of Oxford Bus Company bought four new luxury coaches with leather seats of which SFC 610 was one. They were never used on bus duties but reserved for excursions with the result that they were little used. The picture here is of the bus in Gloucester Green about to depart for an outing to London Zoo.
In 1970 SFC 610 was sold to The London Brick Company for use as staff transport around its brick works near Bedford. The coach covered rough ground, resulting in structural damage to the body, which means that any future restoration would be a major undertaking.
Up to 1970 the express services between Oxford and London were operated by South Midland from their garage in the Botley Road, so this coach operated on the London Route only when additional coaches had to be hired in to meet peak demand, despite the blinds in this recent picture of the bus on display in the museum.
If you compare the two pictures closely, you will notice that the trafficator arm has been replaced by a now standard flashing yellow light.