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AEC trucks and buses: books - history and models

A book on AEC trucks or buses? Here are books on the history, models and technology of AEC trucks, tractors, buses and coaches.

AEC Lorries

Explores the story of one of the great British lorry manufacturers - AEC.

New transport legislation in the 1960s brought many changes, including weight and licencing rules. Lorries became larger and more powerful, carrying more weight, and ran much further afield, venturing into European countries and the Middle East.
As the years passed and lorries developed further, higher gross weights were introduced: currently, 44 tonnes are permitted in the UK for normal haulage.

This book looks to explore one of the most iconic and recognisable brands of British roads, using 180 rare and unpublished images.

Author:Bill Reid
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2017)

The AEC Story - from the Regent to the Monarch

From 1929 until 1979, a succession of buses and trucks trundled out of the AEC works in Southall, Middlesex. Th e company was responsible for the successful Routemaster double-decker buses, used by London Transport, as well as numerous other bus and lorry designs. In this volume Brian Th ackray examines in some detail the AEC's passenger and commercial vehicle designs of the early and middle 1930s.

The spotlight also falls on the development of the high-speed oil engine and the less familiar military and off -road designs as well as the railcars built for the Great Western Railway. This is a book of interest to people who once worked in the factory, which closed down in 1979, and to those with an interest in British buses and commercial vehicles.

Author:Brian Thackray
Specs:256 pages, 24.5 x 17.5 x 1.7 cm / 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.67 in, paperback
Illustrations:152 photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2012)
Book: The AEC Story - from the Regent to the Monarch

The AEC Story - from the Regent to the Monarch

Language: English

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AEC Mustang and Marshall

The AEC Mustang was announced in 1956 to be built at the former Maudslay works near Alcester. This twin-steering six wheeler 'Chinese Six' model was rated for 18 tons gross weight, placing it in the medium-weight range. Sales were moderate but the Mustang achieved some popularity as general haulage flats, tankers, box vans and tippers.
By 1962 the Mustang concept was being superseded by AEC's new Marshal 6 x 2 conventional, medium-weight six-wheeler. This offered a higher gross vehicle weight and a better payload than the Mustang. From 1964 Marshals enjoyed ten years of popularity as general haulage lorries, benefiting from the great increase in UK road transport following the Beeching decimation of the railways.
As the 1970s progressed they were increasingly replaced by articulated lorries, though they enjoyed continued sales to tipper operators, for quarries, as aggregate hauliers, for millers and cement firms. Several large users, such as the London Brick company, were still buying Marshals until the end of their production in 1977.

Graham Edge tells this story knowledgeably, and includes a large number of museum-quality archive photographs of Mustangs and Marshals at work in a wide variety of situations. The Appendices cover chassis designations and details as well as Mustang and Marshal engines.

Author:Graham Edge
Specs:72 pages, 24 x 16.5 cm / 9 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Old Pond Publishing Ltd (GB, 2002)
Book: AEC Mustang and Marshall

AEC Mustang and Marshall

Language: English

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AEC Buses - Since 1955

This wonderful large format all-colour album explores the great variety of buses and coaches manufactured by AEC - the Builder of London's Buses from the mid-1950s until production ceased in the late 1970s. As with many of the leading bus and coach manufacturers in Britain, AEC built a wide range of vehicles from the much-loved and familiar, Routemaster and Regent V, to several lesser known types.
All these types are illuminated and brought to life with a wide selection of rare photographs portraying AEC's bus and coach production from the mid-1950s until the disappearance of the marque in 1977.

Author:Stewart J. Brown
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 22 cm / 9.8 x 8.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:Ian Allan Publishing (GB, 2013)
Book: AEC Buses - Since 1955

AEC Buses - Since 1955

Language: English

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AEC Single-Deckers

Even though it is nearly 40 years since the last vehicles left the Southall factory, the products of the Associated Equipment Company, more commonly known as AEC, are still synonymous with quality and reliability.

In this, the first of a series of two books, Howard Berry sets out to give a pictorial overview of the singledeck bus and coach chassis produced by AEC in the post-war years.

AEC vehicles were operated worldwide, and in this book the author presents photographs showing vehicles not only in service in the UK, but also abroad, mostly bodied locally, and these provide a contrast to the home-grown bodywork such as Plaxton and Duple that those in the UK will be more familiar with.
Vehicles such as the Regal, Reliance, Swift and Sabre are all detailed, with over 180 black and white and colour pictures, all with informative text.

Author:Howard Berry
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.2 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2018)
Book: AEC Single-Deckers

AEC Single-Deckers

Language: English

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AEC Double-Deckers

Even though it is nearly 40 years since the last vehicles left the Southall factory, the products of the Associated Equipment Company, more commonly known as AEC, are still synonymous with quality and reliability.

AEC were known as 'the builders of London's buses' and produced such iconic models as the RT and the Routemaster - the familiar red buses that symbolise London to people across the world, but there was much more to AEC than this.
Regents, Renowns and Bridgemasters all contributed to making AEC the byword for reliability in the PSV world.

In this, the second of a series of two books, Howard Berry sets out to give a pictorial overview of the bus chassis manufactured in the last years of double-deck bus production by AEC. With 180 informatively captioned photographs, almost all in colour, and all taken when these fine vehicles were in their operating heyday, this book is sure to appeal to enthusiasts of the AEC marque and the layman alike.

Author:Howard Berry
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.7 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.67 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2018)
Book: AEC Double-Deckers

AEC Double-Deckers

Language: English

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The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - South of the Thames

The AEC Regal IVs and Regent IIIs, or to give them their class prefix letters RFs and RTs, are among the most revered buses to have served London over the years.
The RFs were maids of all work and were tailored for private hire work, Green Line coach work and ordinary stage bus work in both the central and country areas. The first of the type were introduced in October 1951 and a total of 700 vehicles were built for the London Transport Executive. They replaced virtually all the other types of single-deckers then operating in the metropolis.

The RT was first introduced to service in 1939 and production ran to 151 vehicles before construction ceased in early 1942. Following the war the Park Royal factory recommenced building the type in 1947 with the last new chassis being rolled out in 1954, taking the bonnet number RT4825.
Both types soldiered on throughout the 1970s as LTE encountered severe problems with their 'OPO' replacements before both finally bowed out within a week of each other in March/April 1979.

This account charts the last years of operation of both types from the mid-1970s onward, focusing on South London.

Author:Mike Rhodes
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2021)
Book: The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - South of the Thames

The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - South of the Thames

Language: English

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The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - North of the Thames

The AEC Regal IVs and Regent IIIs, or to give them their class prefix letters RFs and RTs, are among the most revered buses to have served London over the years.
The RFs were maids of all work and were tailored for private hire, Green Line coach work and ordinary stage bus work in both the central and country areas. The first of the type were introduced in October 1951 and a total of 700 vehicles were built for the London Transport Executive. They replaced virtually all the other types of single-deckers then operating in the metropolis.

The RT was first introduced to service in 1939 and production ran to 151 vehicles before construction ceased in early 1942. Following the war, the Park Royal factory recommenced building the type in 1947, with the last new chassis being rolled out in 1954, taking the bonnet number RT4825.

Both types soldiered on throughout the 1970s as LTE encountered severe problems with their 'OPO' replacements before both finally bowed out within a week of each other in March/April 1979. This account charts the last years of operation of both types from the mid-1970s onward, focusing on North London.

Author:Mike Rhodes
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2022)
Book: The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - North of the Thames

The Last Years of London's RFs and RTs - North of the Thames

Language: English

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Related titles:

AEC Regents in Service: The Late 1960s and 1970s

AEC Regents in Service - The Late 1960s and 1970s

David Christie

English | paperback | 96 p. | 2019

AEC Regent V

AEC Regent V

Stewart J. Brown

English | hardback | 96 p. | 2011

The London ST

The London ST

Ken Blacker

English | hardback | 208 p. | 2012

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