Duple were famous for the buses and coaches they built until their absorption by Plaxton in 1989. Alan T ownsin traces the history of the company from just after Wor ld War 1 right through to the closure of their Blackpool premises in July 1989.
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The story of the development of British Coaching
Its designs were market leaders and the close relationship with Bedford saw its products reach a large and widely spread range of customers. During the war it built aircraft fuselages alongside utility double- and single-deck buses. By the 1950's Duple had taken over Nudd Bros and Lockyer to create Duple (Midland), later also taking over Willowbrook. In 1960 it made its final acquisition with the purchase of HV Burlingham of Blackpool, to where it moved all production in 1970. Unfortunately market demand - and Duple's quality - fell steadily leading eventually to the operation being sold to, and then closed by, rivals Plaxtons of Scarborough ending the story of a one time market leader in British coachbuilding.
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Book Description UK: Venture Publications, 1998 1898432465, 1998. Extensively illustrated history. First edition. Quarto,167pp. Fine and unmarked in colour illustrated boards, no dust jacket (as issued). Bookseller Inventory # 1078
Book Description VENTURE PUBLISHING, 1998. Glazed Boards. Book Condition: VG. 1st. Detailed account of the bus and coach bodies built by this well known UK Coachbuilder up to its closure in 1989. 167pp, well illustrated. VG copy in glazed boards. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 005407
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004984482