History of Whites Coaches (FVA462D)
FVA462D is a 1966 Ford R192 with Duple Empress bodywork. It is believed to be the only surviving example of the type ’on the road’. There were only around 100 of these built. This one was originally supplied to Hutchison Coaches of Overtown, Scotland and loaned to Bairds Coaches of Dunoon during 1967-1970, where it spent most of its time carrying tourist passengers in and around Dunoon and beyond.
In around 1972 the coach was sold to another local coach operator, and then to Bernie’s, a Scotland based Fruit Farmer, where it stayed for around 16 years stored in a barn, being used only for carrying crop pickers around the farm estate during the harvest season.
Eventually, the coach was sold off to preservationist Bob Hunt of Herefordshire, then onto a couple of other owners before returning back to Bob, then passing to the present owner, Nick White.
The coach has remained remarkably original with only the badges having been removed at some time. The original tartan seat moquette coverings have been replaced with an alternative fabric by a previous owner, due to their poor condition.