1924 Leyland ‘White Rose’

The Collection’s Exhibit

The only surviving example of a maximum capacity single deck bus (with forward control driving position) of the 1920s, once very common in the mill towns of Lancashire and also North Wales. It is now completely unique.

Found by steam enthusiast, Mike Jones, in use as a farm trailer with water tank in North Wales, the body had been removed and used as a static caravan. It had been damaged by fire and was rescued by Mike Sutcliffe MBE who found the correct missing mechanical parts, the restoration being completed in 2002. Mike is well known for the high standard of his early motorbus restorations, going to great lengths to ensure that every detail is absolutely authentic, in fact, in 2004 he was honoured by the Queen for “Services to Motor Heritage”.

The bus was acquired by The Shuttleworth Collection in 2016, made possible with substantial funds from the SVAS and a “living legacy” from Mike, thereby ensuring its future for the public to see and enjoy for many years to come. With its elaborate white livery and signwriting it is ideal for use with weddings – please ask our weddings team for more details!

The “White Rose” was the outright winner of the London to Brighton Run in 2002 and has won many other first prizes.

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