|701 (SG55 NCH) Optare Solo Cabrio OB29F
In 2012 Padbus won a
contract to provide a courtesy bus service in the grounds of a local
stately home. The contact specified a vehicle similar to the tourist
trolleys found in many cities in America. However, it also had to be
wheelchair accessible and low entry. Finding no suitable vehicle on the
UK market, Padbus Engineering Services Technical Solutions
set to work on a used Optare Solo and produced the vehicle shown here.
A fully open vehicle was not possible because of the need to maintain
structural rigidity. There is, therefore, a substantial frame and a
cantrail but these also support the retractable canvas screen
which provides shade from the strong Oxfordshire sunshine.
Modified Corgi diecast.