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Registration No. JJD 598D
Chassis No. RML2598
First registered: 1.12.1966
Standard LT red

Engine: Cummins C series, 8.27 litre, 150bhp at 2200 rpm; Gearbox: A.E.C. D182 electro-pneumatic; Chassis/Body code: RM7/5, 2/7RM 7/5, A.E.C. Park Royal; Brakes: hydraulic with accumulators; Seating: 72 plus 5 standing; Right hand drive
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This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage
VAT rate of 20% is payable on hammer price and buyer's premium
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Please note that the bus will be stored at 9 Elms post sale. Please note that there will be no charge to purchasers who collect their lots within two weeks of this sale.

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Lot Essay

The world wide iconic red double-decker bus is today represented by the 'Routemaster' design. Its origins go back to 1909 by which time London Transport's predecessor, the London General, had realised that a purpose built motor bus was required for the rigorous work in London. A vehicle was designed with the experience gained from the use of various manufacturers vehicles and the construction took place in their own factory at Walthamstow with the Associated Equipment Company being created for this purpose. A trading name of A.E.C. was established and the factory was moved to Southall in the 1920s with the vast overhaul and experimental works taking place in Chiswick. Following the success of the venture from then on virtually all London buses were purpose built for use in London streets until the end of 'Routemaster' production in 1966.

The largest volume production was the 'RT' type with over 4500 vehicles being produced up to 1954. To supersede the 'RT' type a new concept design was built known as the 'Routemaster', more commonly referred to as the 'RM', it first appeared at the 1954 Commercial Motor Show. The new joint venture design with Chiswick, A.E.C. and Park Royal coachworks embodied such features as chassisless unit construction, A.E.C. AV 590 engine, electro-pneumatic A.E.C. D182 gearbox with automatic operation on second to fourth gears and power assisted steering.

After a further four years of testing the Routemaster finally entered into revenue earning service in 1958, first to replace the aging trolleybus fleet which in turn had replaced trams in the late 1930s. By then the diesel motor bus was considered to be the most economic and practical form of transport in lieu of electric traction and environmental considerations. Volume production continued and gradually the 'RT' fleet was replaced. By 1968 some 2760 had been built including a fleet of just over 100 for Greenline coach services. Within this there were numerous variations including a longer version, Leyland engines, and later re-engine with Cummings and Iveco units. Some are still in London service on heritage route 9 and 15 and others given many years of reliable use sold second hand to provincial operators.

The 'Routemaster' was officially withdrawn from general service on 9 December 2005. However, a 21st century replacement of the iconic Routemaster, including the popular "hop-on, hop-off" platform at the rear was introduced back on to the streets of London in February 2012 by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

This vehicle, RML 2598, entered service in December 1966 as the standard long version with A.E.C. engine. Between 1990 and 1994 some 500 RMLs were re-engined and refurbished to give another 10 years London service; this vehicle being fitted with a new Cummins C series engine.

We are grateful to Richard Peskett for help researching and cataloguing this lot.

The following lot is available to view by appointment only. Please contact Erin Brobyn (020 7752 3165) to arrange viewing.

Important Notice
This vehicle is sold as a collector's item.

The vehicle is not sold as a means of transport and no promise is made that the vehicle is of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose or roadworthy. Christie's makes no representation as to the accuracy of "mileage" or odometer readings. If the successful buyer subsequently decides to use the vehicle as a means of transport, he/she is responsible for all tests and repairs and any other legally required formalities that are necessary to convert this vehicle from a collector's item to a roadworthy vehicle.

Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie's staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot. While any description of the vehicle or its condition is given honestly and with appropriate care, Christie's staff are not vehicle specialists and it is the responsibility of the buyer to carry out such inspection as the buyer thinks necessary before bidding.

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