History of SYPTE 80 (KCR108P)
KCR108P is a Leyland National Mk 1 with 38 seat dual door bodywork, fitted with a Leyland 510 engine. It was new to Portsmouth Corporation in April 1976. It was purchased by the SYPTE in 1982 for use on the City Clipper service and was used in Sheffield in Portsmouth livery for a short time, before being painted in the standard colour scheme of cream and brown.
For a few years it was one of the buses that was extensively decorated on the roof for Christmas. 80 had Santa Claus and his sleigh attached to the roof. It continued in service in Sheffield until 1985, then saw further use on the Isle of Man. It’s last operator was Ludlows of Halesowen, after which the bus was purchased for preservation in Portsmouth initially, where it was rallied for a few years before being sold on for continued preservation in Sheffield, in 2007. The bus was driven the 200 miles or so up to Sheffield and didn’t miss a beat It was treated to some cosmetic restoration, but the bus has been stored now for a number of years. Restoration has now commenced and progressing well. 80 should be out and about very soon.