TUO497 – 1956 Bristol LS
|Original Operator||Southern National|
|Joined our collection||March 2015|
|Status||MOT Exempt, undergoing restoration, roadworthy|
TUO497 is a remarkable survivor; one of only three surviving Bristol LS buses from the Western/Southern National fleets and is one of only two roadworthy standard Bristol LS buses in the UK out of more than 1400 built.
Prior to joining our collection in 2015 it had been hiding on a farm in Shropshire – and had not been on the road since 1982. A great deal of mechanical and structural work was carried out by a professional restoration firm in Stoke-on-Trent before the bus made the long journey to Nailsea under its own power in July 2015. The photo above was taken that day just outside Nailsea.
The seats that arrived with the bus were temporarily installed by the previous owner, in very poor condition and not the correct type. All the other interior fittings were missing since an aborted caravan conversion in the 1980’s. Therefore, we’ve been busy sourcing replacement (correct) seats, designing, constructing and installing luggage racks and pen, floor trim, vinyl coverings and other interior fittings. Progress continues!