Even though it is nearly forty years since the last vehicles left the Southall factory, the products of the Associated Equipment Company, more commonly known as AEC, are still synonymous with quality and reliability. In this, the first of a series of two books, Howard Berry sets out to give a pictorial overview of the singledeck bus and coach chassis produced by AEC in the post-war years.
AEC vehicles were operated worldwide, and in this book the author presents photographs showing vehicles not only in service in the UK, but also abroad, mostly bodied locally, and these provide a contrast to the home-grown bodywork such as Plaxton and Duple that those in the UK will be more familiar with.
Intended to appeal to both enthusiasts and the layman alike, vehicles such as the Regal, Reliance, Swift and Sabre are all detailed, with over 180 black and white and colour pictures, all with informative text.
Howard Berry inherited his interest in road transport from his father. He has a real fondness for or the products of AEC, and for many years has been a Director and committee member of The AEC Society. Having written numerous articles on coach companies who operated AEC's, he took the plunge and published his first book, a history or Roselyn Coaches of Cornwall in 2017. He works in the passenger transport industry.