Southdown was rightly famous for its extended “Coach Cruises”, and it is perhaps inevitable that vehicles built to the company’s touring specification have shared most of the limelight and are well represented in preservation, even though they formed a relatively small part of Southdown's coaching fleet. For example, all four coaches in the Southcoast Motor Services collection were originally touring coaches, and although all were downgraded and upseated for general work later in their service lives, we are restoring them to their original luxurious specification.
A much rarer bird visited our depot recently, in the form of XUF 141, a Southdown Leyland Tiger Cub with Weymann “Fanfare” body, built in 1960 (fleet number 1141). This vehicle is believed to be the sole survivor of a batch of no less than 155 coaches built between 1955 and 1962 on Tiger Cub chassis, with bodies by Beadle (130) and Weymann (25).
Designed for “Beacon” Tours, Day Excursions, private hires and general coaching work, these coaches were a familiar sight throughout Southdown's home territory, and further afield. 1141 has been authentically restored externally and internally, and features the “Cirrus” pattern of seat covering, which was also used on contemporary batches of Leyland PD3 “Queen Mary” double deckers.