The History of the Bristol LS

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The Bristol LS (light saloon) was a joint venture between Bristol Commercial Vehicles (BCV) and Eastern Coach Works (ECW)/Alexander for a coach and bus.  The LS was produced between 1951 and 1958.

There were various types of LS developed:

Bus B42D, B43D, B35F, B41F, B42F,B45F and B54F
Dual Purpose DP39D, DP39F, DP41D, DP41F and DP43F
Coach C32F, C34F, C35F, C37F, C38F, C39F and C41F

They were powered by an 6 cylinder AEC, 3 cylinder Commers, 4,  5 or 6 cylinder Gardner's or 6 cylinder Bristol's.

There were 1409 Bristol LS's built; 1 AEC, 1 Commer TS3, 6 LS4G's, 778 LS5G's and 450 LS6G's,and 173 LS6B's.  

The LS's were delivered to the following operators:

Operator No of Vehicles
  Alexander 20  
  Bristol Omnibus 17  
  Bristol Tramways 86  
  Crosville 47  
  Cumberland 8  
  Durham District Service 7  
  Eastern Counties 39  
  Eastern National 54  
  Hants & Dorset 35  
  Lincolnshire 48  
  Mansfield District 11  
  Midland General 28  
  Red & White 55  
  Scottish Omnibuses 50  
  South Midland 12  
  Southern National 120  
  Southern Vectis 12  
  Thames Valley 43  
  Tillings Transport 16  
  United Automobile 328  
  United Counties 62  
  United Welsh 30  
  West Yorkshire 88  
  Westcliff-on-Sea 18
  Western National 94  
  Western SMT 19  
  Wilts & Dorset 62