We are unique in that not only do we operate a varied vintage fleet but we are also proud to carry out our own restorations to restore to concourse condition many of the buses we own, in most cases having saved them from complete oblivion. In recent years we have repatriated a number of buses from all over the world including Australia, Canada and the USA and are always seeking out rarities, wherever and whatever the condition.
Below we are showcasing some of our buses that we have restored over the years. To see ongoing restoration projects, please scroll down or visit out blog which is regularly updated to keep track on progress of the ongoing restoration projects.
1937 - Tiger TS7 - DUF179 Restoration period: December 2011 - December 2013
1938 - AEC 10T10 T499 Restoration Period: October 2010- December 2013
1940 - AEC RT8 Restoration period: August 2006 - July 2010
1935 Leyland Cub C4 Restoration Period: September 2008 - December 2012
1951 - AEC RLH61 Restoration period: June 2004 - July 2005
1950 - Leyland RTW335 restoration period: November 2009 - December 2013
1965 - RCL2226 restoration period: 2008 - 2014
One of London's famous Routemasters that was built to a higher specification as Green Line coach for the popular commuter services, RCL2226 was converted to a film industry catering vehicle from 1985. Recovered by Ensignbus in 2006 it is now fully restored and part of our Vintage Hire fleet.
1976 - Scania Metropolitan MD60 Restoration period: November 2008- 2014
London Transport’s need for a new double deck led them to look overseas and eventually teamed up with Scania in Sweden and the result was the Metropolitan. Initial mechanical problems were largely overcome, but corrosion became an issue that was less easy to solve. A short eight year London life meant few survived into preservation and MD60 will be one of the only left of this short chapter of London’s Transport history.
1944 - GLX913 D27 (263) Restoration period: May 2014 - December 2015
London like the rest of the country was forced to take very basic, very standard ‘Utility’ buses in the war years. One such class was the D Class, of which this vehicle was D27. The poor construction of the body meant that their lives were reduced, so a number of them still having good chassis were rebodied. Acquired in 2011, it is has now been restored to concourse condition and available for hire.
Awaiting restoration - Start dates still to be confirmed
1932 - Leyland Titan TD2- J6332 Restoration period: Started December 2015 [Available from summer 2017]
New in 1932 to Jersey Motor Transport, the vehicle worked on the Channel Islands including surviving the occupation until it was withdrawn in 1961. It was sold to well known collector Michael Banfield who fully restored it in 1962/63. It was sold at auction in 2014 to Ensignbus who became only the vehicles third owner.
1984 - Metroliner A667XDA Restoration period: tbc
One of the impressive Metroliner coaches built for motorway express work, it was new to Midland Red Express in 1984, it passed through Shamrock & Rambler and Ambassador Travel before passing to London Pride, which was part of Ensignbus and convertyed it to open for London sightseeing work. It returned to Ensign from Arriva to be preserved as an example of these impressive open tops.
1988 - Metrobus MK2 192 [F292NHJ] now fully restored
New to us here at Ensignbus in 1988, the vehicle has been with us pretty much ever since. A survivor of the very early days of privatisation in the London market it reprsents our aim to preserve vehicles both old and new that tell the story of Londons buses. Now fully restored and available for hire. More details will be available shortly>>
1931 - Leyland Tiger TS2 Restoration period: tbc
New in 1931 to Maidstone and District as a coach, the vehicle was rebodied in 1943 with a utility body made by Burlingham. Acquired by Ensign in 2006 it has had much work done to the chassis, but still remains a major project and requires an extensive restoration program to put it back on the road.
1933 - AGX517 739J Restoration period: tbc
New to General in 1933 as a double deck STL type, it was converted to a breakdown tender in 1950, where it served South London. Eventually withdrawn in 1975 it went through a number of owners before eventually being exported to the USA in 1994. Acquired by Ensign in a poor condition in 2011, it is hoped to have it returned to the UK in late 2011 or early 2012.