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412: Optare Solo Classic
Padbus 412 Optare Solo Classic
412 (OF54 MAM) Optare Solo Classic B31F
Padbus liked the practical layout of the Optare Solo but was not quite so sure about the styling. The need for a distinctive bus of old fashioned appearance for a tourist service led to this rebuild. The resultant small, rear engined, half-cab single decker is reminiscent of the pre-war London Transport CR class buses and the bonnet shape reflects this. This 2004 bus was also the prototype for the current metallic green livery. By 2012 circumstances had changed and service 14B between Woodstock and Blenheim Palace was withdrawn. A new contract for a shuttle bus within the palace grounds needed a different type of bus so 412 became a spare vehicle covering for other minibuses undergoing maintenance. It was finally withdrawn in 2020 and is now in the care of the Padbus Preservation Partnership. 
Modified Corgi OOC diecast.