West Riding 970 (WHL 970)


COPYRIGHT: Basil Hancock

Technical details:

Chassis - Guy Wulfrunian FDW 75191
Body - Charles H Roe of Leeds GO5694
Power - Gardner 6LX with Guy mid mounted 4 speed semi automatic gearbox

West Riding Automobile Company were the pioneers in delivering a vehicle of outstanding passenger comfort and were instrumental in the development of the Guy Wulfrunian in the late 1950’s, WHL 970 and its stable mates being the product of a revolutionary design that allowed passengers to enter and leave the vehicle at the front of the bus whilst the bus retained a front engine. The design also featured a low floor to enable the vehicles to pass under the many low railway bridges in the area, air suspension to deliver a smooth comfortable ride and disc brakes. Whilst other manufacturers pinned hopes on a solution where the engine was mounted at the rear (such as the Atlantean and Fleetline) Guy Motors and West Riding favoured a more traditional front engine solution.



WHL 970 in service mid 1960's

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