Whites Coach Details

Our coach is a 1966 FORD DUPLE EMPRESS, believed to be the only surviving example of the type ’on the road’. In fact there were only around 100 of these built and ours 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.

Whites Coach at Goodwood Race Circuit

 
1966 FORD DUPLE EMPRESS seen here on the Goodwood motor racing circuit.

Around 1972 the coach was sold to another local coach operator, name unknown and then to Bernie’s, a Scotland based Fruit Farmer, where it stayed for around 16 years stored in a barn and by all accounts kept in immaculate condition, 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 and then onto a couple of other owners before returning back to Bob from whom we purchased her. 

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 poor condition.