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A Century of Transport - Badge Engineering!
Each manufacturer was allocated a certain amount of space at the Commercial Motor Show. AEC found this inadequate and therefore took stands for manufacturers it had taken over and displayed its products under those badges. It was therefore possible to encounter designs such as the Maudslay Mercury and the Crossley Bridgemaster which were rarely seen away from Earls Court! The Bridgemaster was one of several low floor models introduced in the '50s designed to replace existing low height buses with their inconvenient side gangway upstairs.
Surprisingly perhaps, the low floor double-decker concept had been pioneered by Bristol with its Lodekka model whose products were only available to nationalised operators and might have been expected to be slow in innovation. A licensed version of the Lodekka was built by Dennis as the Loline for sale to non-nationalised operators.
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