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Offline Spoddendale

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Ikarus 55 (1953-1973)
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:36:57 PM »
My knowledge of Eastern Bloc buses and coaches is non-existent. I have just discovered the Ikarus 55 which the Russian Wikipedia says was an intercity bus produced between 1953 and 1973. What I found most striking was the shape of the rear end which does not quite compare with anything I have seen before.
 
There is a video on ‘You Tube’ of a walk round a superbly preserved Lux model 55 in Estonia. The high quality shine on the red paintwork is quite amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWR7iOsgFsE

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Re: Ikarus 55 (1953-1973)
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 10:09:35 PM »
An interesting shaped bus!!

Ikarus are based in Budapest, Hungary and were formed in 1895. Their heyday was probably the Communist-era where they supplied buses to most of the Eastern Bloc. They have supplied buses to the UK in the 1990s - the Ikarus 480 on DAF chassis, an example from this forum's area springing to mind is the one Arriva operated at Harlow depot. Grey-Green had some on London routes too.

I'm surprised to learn the company still exists, but no longer supply the UK.

 I managed to get a ride on some of their communist-era Trolleybuses in Budapest, and also in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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