Bedford VAL 14 coach, 1963.
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The Bedford VAL six-wheel coach was introduced at the Motor Show in September 1962 and was one of the first 52 seat coaches built to comply with the revised size regulations of 1961. These made British buses and coaches comparable with those of other European countries by increasing lengths from 30ft to 36ft (11 metres) and widths from 8ft to 8ft 2.5 inches (2.5 metres). This example was in service from 1 June 1963 to 1 November 1984 with Reliance Motors of Newbury, Berkshire, and is fitted with a Duple Vega Major 52 seat body.