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With its low centre of gravity, the AEC Regent III double deck bus chassis was a particularly suitable carriage for a 100' turntable ladder, and in its shortened form, a pump escape.

From March 1950 until April 1957, the Regent III was supplied to fire brigades in the UK and around the world, with some 138 appliance chassis being assembled at the Maudslay Motors factory in Alcester. Each had a standard Maudslay 5-digit chassis number, the "P" or "D" prefix denoting petrol or diesel engine, and the "L" or "R" suffix standing for left or right hand drive.

Ladders and pump equipment were manufactured by Merryweather & Sons Ltd of Greenwich, in South East London. Bodywork was by Merryweather, or by Park Royal Vehicles Ltd.

Coventry Corporation received nine Regent IIIs (M9612E4639-47) assembled at the Maudslay works at Alcester in late 1950, apparently supplied to the Corporation in lieu of a rates debt. The buses received Maudslay badging & chassis numbers 50001-9. Bodywork was by Metro-Cammell.

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e-mregent3a oxt779 2b_mc

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e-mregent3a oxt779 2c_1036_mc

e-mregent3a oxt779 2d_1038_mc

e-mregent3a oxt779 2d_1038_mc

1954 Maudslay Regent III OXT779

1954 Maudslay Regent III OXT779

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV122

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV122

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV124

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV124

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV125

1951 Maudslay Regent III JKV125

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mregent3_1952-f03_2

1950 Maudslay Regent Mk III FKG50

1950 Maudslay Regent Mk III FKG50

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p-mregent3a mxb128 1_90dp_mc

p-mregent3a olb735 1917_kreid-mc_d62097r

p-mregent3a olb735 1917_kreid-mc_d62097r

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

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p-mregent3m nmn50 edm893j 2009-05-03_cs

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

1950 Maudslay Regent III EDM893J (NMN50)

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