Bristol VR brilliance

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JOU160P sits outside Cheltenham Depot, where it was delivered new in 1975. RICHARD SHARMAN

In the first of a new series testing heritage vehicles from the 1970s onwards, Richard Sharman takes a look at Stagecoach West’s Bristol VR, JOU160P, and gives it its on-road debut in its new livery

The Bristol VR is perhaps one of the more loved ‘one man operation’ double-deckers of the 1970s. It was produced in three series, with the Mk.1 version being notable for having a flat front, later models featuring a curved windscreen. Production started in 1968 and continued with various versions and body combinations until 1981.

The full chassis designation for the model tested is VRT/SL3, which stands for Vertical Rear Transmission, Short/Low Series 3. Stagecoach West retains JOU160P as its heritage vehicle, where it has recently returned home to the Cheltenham depot.
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