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Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby Tas Bus Nut » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:36 pm

WELL :shock: :shock: What a shock to see THIS on the Cruise Ship tours this morning :shock: Not long ago, sold for a motorhome, ex Cresswell Coaches #2 has been ressurrected by Sainty's Coaches (Launceston) Sounding just as sweet when at Cresswell's, it was a pleasure to see this old girl BACK IN SERVICE :wink:

Sainty's Coaches (Launceston) - 1982 Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby CCCC » Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:08 pm

Cant be many left in service anywhere is Aus now , nice silver one running around Sydney a few years ago , haven't seen it in a while think it was a private import from Japan.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby boronia » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:46 pm

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This one which I photographed about 3 years ago, and have seen a couple of times since, but not recently.

Long wheelbase, high floor factory body IIRC. I think it was identified back then as being a Japanese import.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby Fleet Lists » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:53 pm

The Cresswell fleet list shows it as
2 BM 8481 Mercedes Benz O303 30120461023237 Ansair MB1363 06/1982 C44F
First reg 22/6/82.
Dereg 21/6/11 & Sold for a motorhome.

Cant find it in the Sainty fleet list as yet.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby CCCC » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:02 pm

boronia wrote:
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This one which I photographed about 3 years ago, and have seen a couple of times since, but not recently.

Long wheelbase, high floor factory body IIRC. I think it was identified back then as being a Japanese import.




Yes Boronia that was the one , driver at the time had a lot of respect for it and loved it.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby MAD DENNING » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:20 pm

Rex needs to be commended for restoring this old beauty
A true tour coach from yesteryear back in service! :D
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby Bedford-29 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:22 pm

Sainty's Coaches - Launceston SC 5 F 10 NL Merecedes Benz 0303/2 30120461023237 Ansair MB 1363 / MB1356 6/82 C49F
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby CCCC » Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:51 am

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Would this have been an original steering wheel.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby Centralian » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:52 am

boronia wrote:
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This one which I photographed about 3 years ago, and have seen a couple of times since, but not recently.

Long wheelbase, high floor factory body IIRC. I think it was identified back then as being a Japanese import.


Still around although not as frequent a visitor to the Blue Mountains as it once was. Still a nice unit with centre door on the wrong side - I assume immobilised.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby andyr » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:06 pm

CCCC wrote:Would this have been an original steering wheel.


Certainly is - the ex Australian Pacific 0303/Ansair that I steered years ago had that wheel.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby boronia » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:35 pm

Centralian wrote:Still around although not as frequent a visitor to the Blue Mountains as it once was. Still a nice unit with centre door on the wrong side - I assume immobilised.

A lot of high deck coaches of that era had off-side centre doors. Was handy around the CBD when we had to load/drop off in one way streets.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby CCCC » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:54 pm

boronia wrote:
Centralian wrote:Still around although not as frequent a visitor to the Blue Mountains as it once was. Still a nice unit with centre door on the wrong side - I assume immobilised.

A lot of high deck coaches of that era had off-side centre doors. Was handy around the CBD when we had to load/drop off in one way streets.


A few of the 303/3 Ansairs also had a middle door on the off side.

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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby CCCC » Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:07 pm

andyr wrote:
CCCC wrote:Would this have been an original steering wheel.


Certainly is - the ex Australian Pacific 0303/Ansair that I steered years ago had that wheel.

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confirmed.
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Re: Sainty's Mercedes Benz O303 / Ansair

Postby 8 SPEED » Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:46 pm

I would not like to replace or pay for one of those curved windows.
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