Archive for November, 2011

Alan B. Denning buses

November 22, 2011

Denning bus bodies are products of Australia. The company Alan B. Denning was once upon a time one of the biggest bus and coach builder based in Queensland. The company went into liquidation and is no longer in business. A small number of Denning bus bodies were exported to Singapore. Most of them were built on the rear engined Mercedes OH1318 chassis, a few were built on the front engined version OF1318.

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Mercedes OH1318 (left) and Mercedes OF1318 (right)

Besides regular full size buses, one of the Denning body was built onto a Indonesian built Mercedes O700 chassis. This Denning O700 mini bus was the only one in Singapore.

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Mercedes O700 mini bus

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Mercedes Benz mini bus – Part 4

November 16, 2011

During the later part of 1995, the Sprinter model was introduced to the Singapore market. Sprinter sold locally comprised of two models 310D/312D. All were powered by OM602 engine and weigh about 3tons. These Sprinters were not very popular with operators, most of them were withdrawn from service way before their 20 year life spans are up.

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Mercedes Benz Sprinter 312D

The second generation of Sprinters are 315CDI/515CDI. These are powered by OM646 DE22LA 150hp diesel engines. Weight is 3.5 and 5 tons respectively.

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Mercedes Benz Sprinter 515CDI

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Mercedes Benz mini bus – Part 3

November 8, 2011

The next generation of minibuses which succeed the O309 is the 709D/711D/811D/814D series. These models were produced in 1986-96. The buses weigh 7.5tons and are powered by 6 cylinder 4 litres OM364 engine delivering 110hp.

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Mercedes 711D
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Mercedes 811D

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Mercedes Benz mini bus – Part 2

November 1, 2011

The O309 is the successor to the O319 minibus. It is the variant of the L613D van first produced in 1967. It was powered by a 5.7litres, four cylinder, 85hp OM314 engine. The O309 is more successful locally than the O319 in terms of numbers being sold because the old rule of giving preference to British made products was gradually removed by the government.

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Mercedes Benz O309

Unlike the van based O309, the LP808/LP814 series are based on the LP series of trucks. The models were first produced in 1967 but it was not until the late 1970s that they became widely used as buses locally. All of them had local built bodies, some of them retaining the original flat Mercedes front and one piece windscreen.
The LP808s were also powered by the OM314 engines, same as the O309s, whilst the LP814s uses the more powerful 6 cylinder OM352.

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Mercedes Benz LP808

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