Leyland Titan PD2 Construction
This set of photographs were evidently unofficial but were taken in the Body Shop at Park Royal.
Evidently taken during construction, I believe they are of a Titan PD2 probably destined for a non-London operator. The first picture is merely a detailed enlargement of the second in which can be seen 602717 PD2/7350 written on the body just to the left of the rather large & distinctive Leyland badge. It is only this scribble that leads me to believe it is a PD2 that would date it from about 1947/8 onwards. However the front bodywork covering the front nearside wheel arch looks a much more modern design than the coachwork typically found on a PD2 chassis.
The mystery is solved! But does anyone know more?
I'm grateful to Peter Williamson who has advised me that the
vehicle is indeed
a Leyland Titan PD2/27 built in 1961 for Southampton Corporation. The chassis
number being 602717 and the body number B41576; the in-service registration
number was 301TR.
An identical vehicle can be seen here: http://www.sct61.org.uk/so307
Having now seen the picture of the bus towards the end of its career, I have to agree with others' sentiments that the design was displeasing to the eye. I can only hope that the comfort belied the looks. Ed.