Marshall Bus

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Marshall Bus
SuccessorMCV Bus and Coach
ProductsBus and coach bodies

Marshall Bus was an English builder of bus and coach bodies based in Cambridge. It was owned by the Marshall Group until sold in a management buyout in 2001.


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Marshall Bus was established in the 1940s by David Marshall. In 1958 it bought the bus bodying business of Mulliners.[1][2] During the 1960s it bodied many buses for British Electric Traction.[3][4][5] It ceased manufacturing in the early 1980s.[6][7]

In January 1992, Marshall Bus re-entered the bus bodying industry after purchasing the rights to the Duple Dartline from Carlyle Works.[8] It also completed bodies on Iveco Ford 49.10s and Volvo B6s.[9]

The company's most popular product was the Marshall Capital, which was a single-decker bus body built between 1997 and 2003. It was built on Dennis Dart SLF and MAN chassis.[10][11]

In the 1990s, Marshalls performed overhauls on West Midlands Travel MCW Metrobuses.[12] In 2001–02 Marshall rebuilt a number of AEC Routemasters for Transport for London.[13]

In 2001 the business was sold by Marshall Special Vehicles in a management buyout.[14][15] In 2002 Marshall was placed in administration and shortly after closed.[16][17] MCV Bus and Coach bought the design rights for the Capital body and continued production for a short while before its successor, the MCV Stirling, was introduced.[18]



  1. ^ Bodybuilders' Agreement Commercial Motor 6 November 1959
  2. ^ About Us Marshall Group
  3. ^ Large Orders for Marshall Commercial Motor 16 July 1965
  4. ^ More Bus Bodies from Marshall Commercial Motor 1 April 1966
  5. ^ Marshall scoops the BET bus order pool Commercial Motor 28 June 1968
  6. ^ Marshalls on the road again Commercial Motor 23 April 1992
  7. ^ History Marshall Group
  8. ^ Marshalls snaps up rights to Dart Commercial Motor 16 January 1992
  9. ^ Marshall makes three Commercial Motor 11 June 1992
  10. ^ Marshall C39 Series Bus Lists on the Web
  11. ^ Marshall C43 / MAN Bus Lists on the Web
  12. ^ Guided again Bus & Coach Buyer 5 January 2017
  13. ^ AEC Routemaster Review Classic Cars for Sale
  14. ^ Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited Annual report for year end 31 December 2001 page 9
  15. ^ Marshall Specialist Vehicles Limited (company #2661432) Report & Accounts for year ended 31 December 2001 Marshall Specialist Vehicles page 2
  16. ^ Edwards leaves MCV Bus & Coach Professional 30 November 2009
  17. ^ MCV reaches 1000 Coach & Bus Week 25 June 2019
  18. ^ "A Capital idea, the evolution of MCV" Buses issue 702 September 2013 page 31

External links[edit]

Media related to Marshall Bus at Wikimedia Commons