The word Oddballs may be a shade unkind
for some of the vehicles included here, but this page is a tribute to
some of the one-offs that have graced the Eldorado fleet over the years.
|This 1976 Alexander "M" bodied Leyland Leopard remained the only
example of this style of bodywork, and was the only 12-metre Leopard
to be purchased new (two secondhand ones, with Plaxton bodies, were
acquired in 1993).
||This ECW bodied Bristol VRT was bought new in 1970, and lasted
till 1981 before being withdrawn. It remains the only VRT ever
|This Mk 1 Metrobus was bought in 1981 as a trial of second
generation rear-engined double deckers. Although it remained a
one-off, it was not prematurely withdrawn, but led a full service
life before being withdrawn in 2000.
||This Bristol VRLLH with ECW double deck coach bodywork was
originally with Standerwick, and was acquired from National Travel
(West) in 1980. It served Eldorado for a full eleven years
before being withdrawn in 1991.
|Potentially the pioneer of the second generation double decker,
this 1982 Leyland Titan also remained a one-off, thanks to all the
disruption within the Leyland organisation. Eldorado still
managed to get 18 years' service from it before it was withdrawn in
||This Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian was bought new in 1991,
and although it uses the standard bus exterior, the interior has
full luxury coach fittings. As can be seen, the rear of the
lower deck is equipped for carrying luggage rather than pasengers.
It is still in service today.
|This is one of a pair of Bristol FLF6Bs that were acquired from
United, and painted in white, specifically targeted at the wedding
hire market. They both count as one-offs because one (133,
shown here), was converted to open top, while the other (132)
retained its roof.
||In the mid 1990's, the coaching stock was in turmoil (see
History), and this DAF, with
Plaxton Paramount III bodywork was acquired in early 1995. It
ran in dealer white, with Eldorado vinyls, for a mere 4 months
before being withdrawn and sold.
|Later that same year, this Quest VM, with somewhat earlier
Plaxton bodywork, ran in it's former owners colours, again with
Eldorado vinyls, but again lasted only 4 months before being
withdrawn and sold.