East Lancashire Coachbuilders

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East Lancashire Coachbuilders Ltd.
IndustryBus building
FateDissolved after parent company Darwen Group performed a reverse takeover
Founded27 October 1934; 87 years ago (1934-10-27)[1]
FounderWalter Smith
DefunctMarch 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
HeadquartersBlackburn, Lancashire, England
ProductsBus bodies
East Lancs Olympus, one of the last East Lancs badged products, this one run by Metroline
1987 East Lancs body on Scania K92 chassis
The only Kinetec+ built, run by Reading Buses

East Lancashire Coachbuilders Limited was a builder of bus bodies founded in 1934 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

History[change | change source]

On 17 August 2007, the company went into administration, but was saved and bought out by the Darwen Group. The new company was called Darwen East Lancs.

In 2008, Darwen East Lancs was purchased by Optare.

East Lancs bodies stopped being built and the factory in Blackburn closed in 2012.

Products[change | change source]

Past[change | change source]

East Lancs had many different types of bodywork. They deliberately misspelled names, replacing the letter i with a letter y.

East Lancs (1934–2007)[change | change source]


Darwen Darwen East Lancs (2007–2008)[change | change source]


Optare (2008–2012)[change | change source]


Kinetec series[change | change source]

The Kinetec was made in 2006. They are low-floor bodies for MAN chassis. They have the Esteem/Olympus body but with MAN's own Lion's City design front and rear.

References[change | change source]

  1. "EAST LANCASHIRE COACHBUILDERS LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk.

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