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The 'Sky Blue Bus' - the 1973 Daimler Fleetline

This 1973 Daimler Fleetline bus has a 10,450cc engine with a top speed of just 50mph.

The ‘Fleetline’ was the last in a long line of buses manufactured by the famous Daimler Company and used by Coventry Transport Corporation. This particular bus was the last completed vehicle and was delivered to the Corporation in 1973. The Museum acquired this bus in 1986.

The next year, Coventry City FC steadily progressed through each round of the FA Cup, until astonishingly, they made the final. Suddenly, various plans had to be drawn up – just in case the team won! Part of these plans involved potential celebrations, including parading a victorious team around the city.

Up stepped the Museum, by offering the Daimler Fleetline as the bus for the job, and In May 1987, Coventry City Football Club made club history by winning the FA Cup for the very first time. The team were part of one of the most memorable and talked about finals, beating favorites Tottenham 3-2 in a closely fought-out contest at Wembley. As a result, the Daimler Fleetline bus was specially prepared and carried the victorious squad in front of thousands of grateful supporters.

The bus can now be seen in the Museum's Commercial Gallery
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