Often mistaken for an AEC Mercury, the Maudslay Merlin II chassis with 12' wheelbase was chosen by Merryweather & Sons Ltd for their first, second and third series of 'Marquis' fire appliances built between 1954 and 1960, and were the last true Maudslays in production, outlasting all other types by several years.
Marquis Series I appliances were Merlin chassis nos 50501-50506 with AEC AV470 diesel engine and 4-speed sliding mesh gearbox.
Marquis Series II were Merlin chassis nos 50507-50551 with the AV470 and 4- or 5-speed synchromesh gearbox. The first, 50501, was on the Maudslay stand at the 1954 Commercial Motor Show and later sold to the Municipality of Kisumu, Kenya. The last, 50551, was Bradford Fire Brigade's VKY634.
1955 Maudslay/Merryweather NSF233
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