History of Doncaster Corporation 43 (FDT43C)

Doncaster 43 is a Leyland Royal Tiger Cub RTC1/1 with Roe B45D bodywork. Doncaster were looking to buy a batch of vehicles with specific specifications. The only option they had was to turn to a Leyland export model. New in September 1965, 43 was one of a batch of 10 vehicles which were to be the only RTC1/1’s in the UK. These were fitted with a 45 seat dual door Roe body. 43 served Doncaster for many years, all the way up to the formation on the PTE in 1974. It was later transferred to Sheffield at the former Booth and Fisher depot in 1978 and was eventually withdrawn in 1981. After being stored by the PTE until 1983 it was sold to the South Yorkshire fire service in Rotherham and was used for smoke evacuation training.

Purchased for preservation in 1988, 43 was given a quick coat of paint and rallied that year. Three months later 43 was sold on for further restoration work and after a complete restoration 43 was seen on the rally circuit for several years. Engine trouble saw 43 taken off the road in 1995 and it has remained that way ever since. After changing hands a few times it is now finally well on its way to becoming a regular on the rally circuit once again.