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Wallace Arnold Bedford VAL/Plaxton 132FUA of 1963
132 -134 were the first of many of the innovative and excellent Bedford VAL models to be operated by the Wallace Arnold Group. They were challenging in many ways to drive, but were interesting in the extreme and superbly comfortable - possibly due to the small wheels and the front suspension arrangement. Considering the position of the engine noise levels were perfectly acceptable, and for the enthusiast driver and passenger the gearbox sound effects were varied, melodious and not a little reminiscent of vintage times. Fascinating features included two handbrakes and, in the earliest versions, five speed gearboxes whose positions were not in the normal progressive"H" pattern. This admittedly juvenile picture was taken in the style of a "handing over" ceremony normally carried out between a manufacturer and a purchasing operator - I admit to being on the left !!

Photo taken by Chris Youhill, Autumn 1963, Wallace Arnold Donisthorpe Street (rented from LCT) Depot, Hunslet, Leeds

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