Illustrated History for VDV143S

Chassis: VRT/SL3/1176 Body: ECW 22436 Series 2 Engine: Gardner 6LXB Configuration: CO43/31F, O43/33F
Status: Exported     Last Reported: 1/2018

Last updated : May 30th 2021 (brought up-to-date)

by 12/2018 - current Unknown owner in Northern Italy
8/2010 - ?/2018
Emiliano Cozzatella (Feste Divertenti), Rome, Italy
4/2008 - 8/2010 Chepstow Classic Buses, Chepstow
2/2005 - 4/2008 First Devon & Cornwall Ltd. 39943. Used in North Devon, summer 2005. Used in Cornwall, summer 2006. Barbie 3 livery, 5/2007
7/2003 - 2/2005 First Somerset & Avon Buses Ltd. 8605. Renumbered 39943, 1/2004
3/1999 - 7/2003 First Bristol Buses Ltd. (Guide Friday) 8605. Bath Tour livery, 5/2003
1/1996 - 3/1999 Bristol Omnibus Company Ltd. (Badgerline) 8605
by 9/1993 - 1/1996 Badgerline Ltd. 8605. Acquired to replace burnt out UFX859S. Named "Jane Austin"
1/1983 - ?/1993 Western National Ltd. 943. Named "Ark Royal"
2/1978 - 1/1983 Western National Omnibus Company Ltd. 943

VDV143S with Feste Divertenti
Photo : Emiliano Cozzatella

In use in Italy as a mobile promotional vehicle with Feste Divertenti

Photo : Dave Love

Touched up into this livery with Chepstow Classic and seen in Lathalmond, Scotland, August 2008

Photo : Shaun Courtnage

Repainted in Barbie 3 livery for the 2007 season in Cornwall

Photo : Steve Simister

Transferred to Barnstaple for the Summer 2005 season

Photo : Michael Wadman

Repainted in Barbie 2 a month later, in May 2003.

Photo : Ian Kirby

April 2003 with Guide Friday decals removed from the "wavy" livery prior to repaint in Barbie 2 colours.

Photo : Ian Mitchell

October 1999 in the original style of Guide Friday livery.

Photo : Busspotter

Seen in the first livery carried as 8606 with Badgerline.

Photo : Kelvin Amos

July 1989 in Falmouth in the later Western National fleet livery and with the roof on.

Photo : Modelstone Bus Company

Seen at Epsom Downs in Cornwall Busways "Bird's Eye" livery on June 1st 1986.

Photo : Peter Relf

Seen at The Moor, Falmouth in August 1985.

Photo : BVRES Collection

During a celebration in Plymouth in May 1983.

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