A pioneering design, the Routemaster outlasted several of its replacement types in London, survived the privatisation of the former London Transport bus operators and was also used by other operators around the UK. In modern UK public transport bus operation, the old-fashioned features of the standard Routemaster were both praised and criticised. The open platform, while exposed to the elements, allowed boarding and alighting away from stops and the presence of a conductor allowed minimal boarding time and optimal security; but with greater labour costs. The Routemaster became one of London’s most famous symbols, with much tourist paraphernalia continuing to bear Routemaster imagery, and with examples still in existence around the world. Rightly and affectionately regarded as a British transport icon the world over, the Routemaster is quite simply the most famous and sought after bus ever produced.
The Routemaster offered here is from the first year of production, 1959. 1950s Routemasters are rare as the majority were built in the 1960s. This vehicle has been well kept since its 1984 withdrawal from service and is in very original condition, having escaped London Transport’s modernisation programme in the 1990’s. Tax and MOT exempt, but has previously held class 6 certificates. Last test was class 5 with no advisories (expired this August 2018) low mileage since. The bus at present is being driven under its MOT exempt status, the last full test was carried out 13 months ago. This Routemaster still has its correct engine, London Transport registration number and many other fixtures often missing on Routemasters. The paintwork is excellent, with a very straight body, excellent original interior, and a clean chassis and the batteries are relatively new. Routemaster buses can be driven in automatic or semi-automatic mode, and with power assisted steering, testament to why bus drivers loved the vehicles so much.