|A Lancet II of East Kent, now in preservation.|
|Dennis Brothers of Guildford.
Brilliant engineers, terrible marketing. Everything from the Rolls-Royce of lawnmowers and the best of fire engines, to space-age concepts for light vehicles. But if you can't sell, it doesn't count a row of beans! If ever a company looked like it would sink, Dennis was it. But look what happened, a couple of near death experiances and it comes back as strong as in the early part of the century, when it was one of the biggest vehicle manufacturers. Now they are the last of the traditional British bus marques. As they never skimpted on sending a kid all their pamphlets on numerous occasions, they became my favourite too. Although their own diesels were never popular, it was fitting Cummins engines to some of their trucks that ensured they would never make a big comeback in commercial vehicles! Not that they were the only ones to regret taking on Cummins, Daimler came to grief with them in the Roadliner.
|Looking something rather French, this Ace model from the 30's seems to typify the country bus services of the south of England, early post war.|
|Photo by C.Billington|
|Dennis took on the rights for the Lodekka outside of BTC companies and came up with the Loline. At first not successful, by the time it was MkIII version, many operators were taking Dennis for the first time. Halifax was among them, and with a 6LX under the bonnet, they could really go!. Air suspension at the rear made them wonderfully smooth for the public. Excellent vehicles that technically left AEC and Leyland standing for a short while. For the lack of financial muscle and track record, they would have been winners.|
|Not really for this site, but it was the one and only Dennis trollybus and the only new British trolly since the early 60's. A prototype for Sheffield which sadly never went much further. It had the underpinnings of the Dominator model.|
|On to Dennis 2|
|Lancashire United ran a batch of Northern Counties bodied Lolines.|