Bedford VAL Buses and Coaches

The Bedford VAL chassis was launched at the 1962 Commercial Motor Show. It was Bedford's first bus chassis that was not a variation on a truck chassis. It used twin-steer front axles with small (16inch) wheels. Only the VAL14 powered by the Leyland O.400 engine was sold in New Zealand. The VAL was only 2/3rds of the price of Leyland and AEC 11m chassis and weighed a tonne less. However the twin-steer front axle made it mechanically complicated and only 28 were sold in New Zealand - chassis 1205-1220, 1233-1240, 1301-1304. In 1990 an Australian chassis already converted to a movan was imported.

The buses on this site are actively tracked. The last registration record search was 1 February 2010

Original operators are:
Bonnici Motors Days Motors Dominion Coachlines Edwards Motors
Gazelle Bus Lines Greenhalgh Buses H & H Motors Billy Higgs
Jenkins Motors McNeill Motors Madge Motors Midland Motorways
N Z Scenic Tours Orrs Motors Passenger Service Pahiatua Pavlovich
Robertson Motor Services Suburban Buses Weld Motors Imported Movan

Bonnici Motors Ltd

New Lynn Auckland. Photo Graeme Bennett.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
3012122/3/64EZ7990 Waikato Coachlines Ltd, Ohaupo2EZ799026/2/69Hawke body ex-Artic
Bonnici Coachlines Ltd, New Lynn30EZ799025/6/74   
St Pauls Maori Boys College, Feilding.EZ799024/7/74   
Pauline & Alison Costello, Waverley.EZ799025/7/96Mobile Cafe  
Kim Thomson, Rahotu.EZ79907/9/98Mobile Cafe; CoF exp 07/08  

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Days Motors Ltd


#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
2712084/11/63DV1511 Edlin Motors Ltd, Rangiora.DV15111/7/69MMB Body  
W & H Motors Ltd, Christchurch.DV151126/2/70.  
Mt Cook & Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd, Christchurch242DV15118/4/75.  
Murphy Buses, Kerepehi.DV15118/4/75.
Music Technology Ltd, Waihi.DV15117/4/94.  
Garry Lambert, Henderson.DV151110/2/98Movan  
Brian & Marilyn Parker, Waihi.KATIED13/5/98 "Katie-Dee"; chg plates 7/7/98; CoF exp 12/02 Reg on hold; LTSA records show converted to 2 axle
2812053/2/64DV1512 Ian Hinton, Alexandra.DV151227/7/71MMB body  
Central Motorways Ltd, Alexandra5DV151228/6/73.  
Nelson Tourist Services Ltd, Motueka.DV151229/7/82.  
Robert Barrett, Invercargill.DV151221/8/87Movan  
Rosealla Squires, Stewart Is.DV151224/2/88Movan  
Lincoln Schirner-Bade, Paengaroa.OO634827/6/89Movan; chg plate 15/11/89  
Robert & Shirlry Stewart, Blenheim.OO634822/10/93Movan  
Ian & Maureen Mosely, Hikurangi.OO63482/12/96Movan  
John & Judith Galloway, Tauranga.OO634825/5/98Movan  
Geoffrey Petersen, Matamata.OO634815/3/99Movan  
Lloyd Petersen, Matamata.OO634815/3/99Movan "Chubby Cheeks"  
Henry Ashdown, Te Awamutu.OO634817/3/04 Movan (HR & MM Ashdown Family Trust) "Chubby Cheeks"
Geoffrey & Helen Chisnall, Matamata.OO63484/12/07Movan "Chubby Cheeks"  
29124022/9/64DV1513 Southern Service 1960 Ltd, Dunedin.DV151317/10/72NZMB Body
Strathmore Tours, Ohoka, Canterbury.DV151330/9/75.  
Strathmore Coachlines, Christchurch.DV151330/10/78Kinloch Cartage Ltd  
Solomon Tau, Woodend Caravan Park, Christchurch.DV151317/8/93Movan  
Maree Deans, Mosgiel.DV151324/12/97Movan  
Dawn Madden, Ettrick, Otago.DV151311/11/99Movan
Nelletta Moore, Blenheim.DV151321/2/05Movan; CoF exp 07/05 reg on hold

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Dominion Cosch Lines

E A Chandler, Wellington.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
612091964EV1819 Kanes Motors Ltd, Oamaru?EV1819? Hale composite body; rebuilt as a coach by Kane
Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd21EV1819?Oamaru  
Jack Gibbs, Dunedin MD53427/10/85Movan?  
Childrens Permaculture Foundation, Dunedin MD534220/1/92   
K A Feast, Lake Ferry, Wairarapa MD534221/9/94Movan  
registration lapsed   Movan; Owned by Lindsay Clark, Lake Ferry 2006

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Edwards Motors Ltd

Auckland. This bus became one of a pair with McWhinnie bodies operated by Edwards subsiduary NZ Scenic Tours
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
11130124/7/64EZ9390 NZ Scenic Tours Ltd, Auckland11EZ939011/4/67   
Midland Coachlines Ltd11EZ939012/6/72   
Ritchies Transport Ltd, Temuka31EZ93901/8/75   
Manly Grove Hall Trust, Tauranga?EZ939017/11/83Movan?  
Alan & Dani Banks, Picton?EZ939021/9/90Movan  
Ian & Noelene Blackler, Riverton?EZ939021/9/90 Movan "Kauri Kipper" no longer with McWhinne body
Alastair & Annie Neal, Christchurch?EZ939024/5/05Movan  

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Gazelle Bus Lines

Kaitangata. This Midland bodied coach was used by Gazelle Bus Lines for services between Kaitangata and Dunedin. LTSA records show the initial owner as Tauwhare Transport Ltd (Cambridge Bus Lines. The move to Cambridge was no earlier than 1974.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
?121420/12/63DP5029 Cambridge Bus Lines.DP5029?Tauwahre Transport Ltd  
James Weeks, Napier.DP502911/10/94Movan  
Chris Edmonds, Napier.DP502916/8/95Movan; CoF exp 06/99 Reg on hold

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Greenhalgh Blue Line Buses Ltd

Swanson Auckland. Some time during ownership of the VALs the company changed name to Greenhalgh Coachlines Ltd.

#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
10121622/9/64EW4655 Stephen Cartwright, Thames?EW46554/3/83Glen Eden Motors Bodies "Blue Cruiser"
Parawai Trust Travel?EW465520/4/92   
Peter & Sue Hartstone, Whatawhata, Waikato EW465529/5/92Movan  
registration lapsed  1/7/97   
Sheryl Wilson, Raglan WU885912/2/98Movan  
Lee Flavel, Nelson WU88598/12/99Movan "Rickielee"  
Richard Davies, Taupo WU885929/6/01Movan "Rickielee"; Reg on hold 10/05
14123810/2/67DE5295 Turley Motors, Te Aroha7DE529524/8/77 Hawke Body "Blue Mariner; Allan & Betty Turley  
Peter Hancock, Temuka DE529512/1/98Movan "Allowrs"
Persons, Unknown DE52955/3/08   
Stu & Kelly Glen, Auckland DE529519/1/09Movan "Honky Tonk Inn"; CoF exp 05/08  

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H & H Motors Ltd

Invercargill. Number 48 was supplied after the company became H & H Travel Lines Ltd
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
5121310/9/65CX34 H & H Travel Lines Ltd, Invercargill5?CX3416/6/66 
Ian Watson Ltd, Otautau CX349/11/82Movan "Carinya"
A A Eade & A R Kareopa, Wanaka CX3422/5/02Movan "Yardik"
A A Eade, Wanaka CX3420/12/06Movan; CoF exp 09/04 reg on hold  
D J Wilson Ltd, Invercargill CX3420/3/08Movan  
23121722/10/65CX8054 H & H Travel Lines Ltd, Invercargill30CX805416/6/66Midland B44F  
Mt Cook Group Ltd, Christchurch223CX805421/1/75   
Lewis Peterson, Riverton CX805422/9/94Movan
Allan Kennedy, Gore CX805423/3/04Movan "Unhinged and Hippie"; to Alexandra 08. CoF exp 05/08  
48121924/4/67DP2288 Mid-Canterbury Coach Services, Ashburton?DP228830/4/91Midland B48D
Nikola Davies, Kumara DP228822/1/98   
Colin Crequer, Christchurch DP228822/10/98 

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Billy Higgs & Son Ltd

Wellington. NZMB Body. Photo Graeme Bennett.

Billy Higgs Bedford VAL 9
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
?130427/10/64EV5975 Gisborne Motors Ltd?EV597515/3/77   
Te Karaka Bus Co?EV597530/3/77   
Kevin Cust, Gisborne?EV59756/6/97Movan; CoF exp 08/96 reg on hold  

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O L Jenkins Motors Ltd

Gore. McWhinnie body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
4130325/8/64CW2206 Torben Windelov, Alexandra CW220619/8/87Movan  
Torben Windelov, Nelson CW220622/4/88Movan  
Kevin Davies-Bourne, Tuamarina, Marlborough CW220625/2/94Movan  
Beverley Hobman, Tauranga CW220616/3/98Movan
registration lapsed  9/9/02   
Wayne Simmons, Waihi BSD47810/2/04Movan "Wharewake"

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McNeill Motors

Cecil McNeill, Waianiwa Southland. MMB body.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
?12391/10/65DV9974 John Benfell, Invercargill?DV99741/7/77   
Colac Bay Buses, Southland?DV99743/12/84Alan Molloy  
Murray Donaldson, Alexandra?DV997428/2/87Movan  
Andrew & Judy Mitchell, Christchurch?DV997429/12/03Movan; CoF exp 09/05
registration lapsed  2/9/08Still in Wigram?  

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Madge Char a Banc Motor Co Ltd

Palmerston North. NZMB B45F body. Photo Graeme Bennett.

Madge Bedford VAL 9
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
912359/7/65ES1096 Allan Motors Ltd, Palmerston North9ES109629/3/78   
Madge Coachlines Ltd, Palmerston North109ES109623/10/91   
Paraparaumu Road Services1TD517126/1/95Dennis Taylor; chg plate 9/2/95  
Omnibus Society Inc, Wellington9TD517123/7/03Stored for restoration

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Midland Motorways Services Ltd

Christchurch. The photo by Graeme Bennet shows number 61 at Nelson.

Midland Bedford VAL 61
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
6112341964DV9972 Newton Coachways, Dunedin3DV99721979C48F  
Midland Coachlines Ltd, Christchurch61DV99721983C48F  
Newmans Coachlines Ltd, Whangarei122DV99721983C48F  
Reisen Line Ltd, Rotorua122?DV99721986C48F  
Ranui Buses, Tologa Bay DV9972 C48F  
scrapped at Ranui Buses, Tolaga Bay   post 1992 
62130223/12/64DV3425 Newton Coachways, Dunedin1DV34257/9/79C48F  
Midland Coachlines Ltd, Christchurch62DV342511/2/83   
Newmans Coachlines Ltd, Whangarei121DV342521/6/83   
Reisen Line Ltd, Rotorua121?DV34257/1/86   
Haeremai Coaches Ltd, Otara, Auckland DV34251/11/90   
Kevin Jackson, Westmere, Auckland DV34258/2/95Movan  
Gavin Wall, Te Puke DV342526/8/97Movan  
registration lapsed  30/8/97 current location unknown may be in Hamilton or Ngaruawahia  
6712185/11/65DW795 Newton Coachways, Dunedin2DW7957/9/79   
Buchanan Motors, Invercargill?DW79526/11/82Allan Buchanan  
Buchanan Motors, Kingston?DW79510/8/87   
Pioneer Rugby Club, Gore?DW79518/5/93   
Te Anau Rugby Club?DW79513/7/95   
Brendon Burgess, Invercargill?DW79519/3/98Movan "Miles Away"
Lance Anderson, Blenheim?DW7952/12/02Movan "Don't fence me in"; To Thorbury, Southland 2008

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NZ Scenic Tours Ltd

Auckland. At the time two McWhinne B52F VALs were purchased for Auckland sightseeing tours N Z Scenic Tours Ltd was owned by Edwards Motors. When the Midlands Group purchased Edwards Motors the coaches were rebranded as Midland Edwards. The coaches were painted pink and white and affectionately refereed to as The Pink Ladies. Photo Graeme Bennett

Midland Edwards Bedford VAL
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
12121016/12/63EZ9405 Midland Coachlines Ltd12EZ940527/6/72 
Mt Cook & Southern Lakes Tourist Co Ltd, Christchurch192EZ940529/3/73   
Mt Cook Freightlines Ltd, Timaru757EZ940522/9/77Stationed at Fairlie  
Tony Cooper, Karamea EZ940530/5/86   
Karamea Motors EZ940529/9/87   
John & Alison Robertson, Palmerston North EZ940528/4/95 Movan "The Ark"; Reg on hold
Trevor & Lizanne Boreham, Amberley EZ940515/2/08Movan; Reg on hold CoF exp 04/08  

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Orrs Motors Ltd

#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
?12369/8/65DV8803 H & H Travel Lines Ltd, Invercargill30DV880316/6/06 
Edwards Passenger Service Ltd, Tuakau6DV880316/7/80 
Bible Baptist Church, Otara, Auckland?DV880317/2/01Zane Edwards  
Vernon Hapeta, Weymouth, Auckland?DV880319/11/03   
McInnes Travel (M M Hiku), Pukekohe?DV880325/8/04 2-axle. CoF exp 11/05 reg on hold  

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Passenger Service Ltd

Pahiatua NZMB C49F bdy.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
812337/5/65ER5246 Hawkes Bay Motor Co Ltd61ER52461979 
Pahiatua Passenger Services (1894) Ltd61ER524611/6/84   
White Bus Service Ltd, Dannevirke?ER524629/8/91   
Gerard Werie, Dannevirke ER52462/2/96Movan "Wanderer"

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Pavlovich & Sons Ltd

Hamilton. McWhinnie Body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
912119/10/63FE9225 Cambridge Travel Lines (Tauwhare Transport Ltd)2FE922524/4/74   
Raymond Douglas, Oamaru FE922523/7/96   
Raymond & Paul Douglas, Tokoroa FE922517/4/98   
John Loye, Tokoroa FE922526/1/99Movan "Old Val"; CoF exp 10/02; Reg on hold

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Robertson Motor Services Ltd

Raglan. Pomeroy body
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
1212379/4/65EJ1492 Marie Heale, Kaiapoi??EJ14922/4/74   
Strathmore Coachlines, Christchurch??EJ14924/11/77Kinloch Cartage Ltd  
Roger & Lorraine Hagen, Nelson EJ14924/3/94Movan  
Carl & Christine Climo, Runanga EJ14924/3/94 Movan at Punakaiki Motor Camp; CoF exp 01/05  
Simon Kirkwood, Barrytown EJ149224/4/07Movan; Reg on hold 05  

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Suburban Buses

Auckland. NZMB body.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
64120712/5/64EX647 North Shore Transport Ltd47EX6473/5/68 Converted to two axle and shortened DP41D
Auckland Regional Authority844EX6476/4/73Isuzus 6BB1  
Roberts Transport, Albany6EX64730/11/78George Roberts  
Bayes Coachlines, Albany6JM668816/10/79Bayes Bros Dairy Flat Ltd  
D C Gibb, Takanini, Auckland JM668816/1/96not reg. CoF exp 3/96  
registration lapsed  3/8/97Stolen 01/97 not recovered  
6512064/9/64EX648 North Shore Transport Ltd45EX6483/5/68Converted to two axle DP45D
Auckland Regional Authority845EX6486/4/73Gardiner 6HLXB
Hanham's Buses7EX6489/12/86Richard Hanham  
Hanham's Buses Ltd7EX64813/6/00 
Graeme Clydesdale, Henderson EX64813/2/04(JAR Family Trust) Movan  
Dick Thompson & Pauline Hagerty, Massey, Auckland EX64827/8/06Movan; To Chch 08  

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Weld Motors

Palmerston North. NZMB body. Photo Graeme Bennett

Weld Motors Bedford VAL
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
7122011/10/65ES2194 Buchanan Motors, Invercargill?ES21943/2/88 
Robert Thytherleigh, Oamaru?ES219419/8/91Movan  
Ross Mailman & Lyn Yates, Tauranga?ES21943/2/95Movan "Our Joy"
9121513/11/64ER8696 Buchanan Motors, Invercargill?ER86963/2/88 
Five Rivers Motors Ltd, Lumsden?ER86968/5/89   
Ron Hart, Christchurch?ER869620/8/97Movan "Albatross" CoF exp 04/05 Reg on hold

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Imported movan

VAL14 imported as a movan from Australia in 1990
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later RegDate Comments
?188651968  Eric Maddocks, Orewa PO198420/11/90   
Steve Simpson, Sunnynook, Auckland PO19845/11/91   
Allan Faith & Joan Terrell, Kaiapoi PO198422/3/02"Chosen Destiny"  
Brian Densley, Oamaru PO198422/4/03"General Lee"?  
Anthony Myers, Dunedin CMYBUS21/11/05chg plate 25/11/05  
Peter Crosbie-Solomon, Invercargill DHY4376/6/06chg plate 24/5/06  

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Last updated 14 January 2013