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Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby SMS88AEC » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:29 pm

With grateful thanks to Dave (Herbert) for telling me about ex Shave of Melbourne AKT675 ex London Transport MB192 sold on ebay last week for $10,500 by a seller in Boronia.Pictures from ebay......note original plates still fitted to this bus now for over 30 years, and the flat windscreen with (unique to a Merlin?) symetrical wiper fitment..........wonderful to see a seller who can take decent photos and folks who have had a Merlin for 20 years and still get to see the original London Transport ceiling with transfers still in place :D
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby DarrenH » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:34 pm

What a nice cozy Merlin camper! The interior conversion looks good with a handy layout except the oven which has been put behind the bed right up the back of the bus but is good for a midnight snack though. :lol:
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby Swift » Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:03 pm

I like how they haven't butchered the Merlin Swift to death ,even leaving original decals inside!
This looks to be possibly the shorter 505 model judging by the steering wheel.
Gee ,for 10,500 I wouldn't have minded this.Was it a goer and was it registered or not?
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby SMS88AEC » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:53 pm

Swift 584 wrote:I like how they haven't butchered the Merlin Swift to death ,even leaving original decals inside!
This looks to be possibly the shorter 505 model judging by the steering wheel.
Gee ,for 10,500 I wouldn't have minded this.Was it a goer and was it registered or not?


The steering wheels on all the London Transport built examples were the same - this design, with a plain stainless & black centre cap.Yes it is a goer and is registered,and is 100% certainly former London Transport MB192, a 36 footer.....
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby Swift » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:04 pm

What a loss.It could have easily been reconverted back to a bus.It even has it's center doors and none of the wondows have been filled in either.

I would have probably left it as a motorhome nad painted the exterior up as it originally looked.The flat windscreen ,on the driver's side at least,is reminiscent of a Strachan bodied Merlin.Yeah,I could have had alot of fun with this.
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby ross johnson » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:02 pm

ANYONE GOT A SPARE LONDON DESTO ROLL....Would really set off the look of this vehicle!!
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby SMS88AEC » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:05 pm

ross johnson wrote:ANYONE GOT A SPARE LONDON DESTO ROLL....Would really set off the look of this vehicle!!

Is this your bus now? genuine London desto rolls fetch £50-£150 these days on ebay if in good shape and interesting routes..........

Here is the link to the auction - perhaps a good offer to the buyer or an enquiry to the seller will reveal the current status of the bus - externally easy to restore and would look smart as either a London Transport Red Arrow or perhaps in its 2nd owner Deanes livery........

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... otohosting
Here is how MB192 looked when new in service in September 1968, although the bus in the pic ran for Rowes, then passed to Kirklands and was still in use on a school contract near Byron Bay with Winchesters in 1993
http://paul.bateson.fotopic.net/p38698033.html
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby Swift » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:10 pm

It's ex Deanes??Oh man!!

One question though,how would you get to the engine with that double bed in the way?
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Re: Yet another Merlin motorhome

Postby SMS88AEC » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:31 pm

Swift 584 wrote:It's ex Deanes??Oh man!!

One question though,how would you get to the engine with that double bed in the way?

It was Mo 5479 with Deanes from 1976 until sold on to Shave of Melbourne in 1978
Lift up the mattress and I am sure the engine & gearbox floor traps still open - you know you want it - trace the buyer through his ebay name - he maybe a dealer- and grab this one for yourself :idea:
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