Setra set to start

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The Kassbohrer Setra looking superb in newly outshopped in an Ebdon’s-style livery with Trans-Continental fleetnames. CHRIS LANGSON
The Setra’s interior transformation was carried out by Blackpool Bus and Coach trim. CHRIS LANGSON

A magnificent Kassbohrer Setra Imperial S228DT that appeared at the 1984 Brighton Coach Rally is about to take to the road after a major renovation in memory of the present owner’s father. Nick Larkin reports

When the then 16-year-old Chris Langson saw the magnificent Ebdon’s of Sidcup Kassbohrer Setra Imperial S228DT at the 1984 Brighton Coach Rally he thought it was ‘stunning,’ but felt a sense of disappointment. The previous year his dad, Richard, who ran Clevedon Motorways in Somerset, trading as Trans-Continental, had had to cancel an order for two of these fine vehicles. They were to have been used on shuttle work for Freedom Holidays but his father was concerned as that company appeared to be facing financial difficulties.

Forty years on, Chris now owns that show Setra, originally registered A475 HPE. It is nearing the end of a renovation which has seen the coach transformed into a close comparison to its original livery but with Trans-Continental fleetnames. Chris said his grandad, Fred, had started the firm as Langson Coaches in 1950 but changed the name to Clevedon Motorways a year or so later.


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