ACE Cougar

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ACE Cougar
Provincial Ace Cougar 3 H523CTR.jpg
The first ACE Cougar, Provincial's 3, at the Southsea Bus Rally in June 1991.
Overview
Manufacturer Alternative Chassis Engineering
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Step entrance
Powertrain
Engine Perkins
Transmission Allison
Dimensions
Length 10.5m
Chronology

ACE Cougar is a type of bus built by Alternative Chassis Engineering in the UK in the early 1990s. It did not prove successful and only two were built.

Details[edit]

The ACE Cougar was designed to use Leyland National components wherever this was possible.[1] The chassis was powered by a rear 'in-line' mounted Perkins 6-cylinder 'Phaser' turbo engine, and included Allison automatic transmission and air suspension.[1] Both models built were 10.5m long and 2.3m wide.[2]

Production and operations[edit]

The second Cougar operating in Solihull with Caves Bus Services.

The Cougar was built in ACE's factory in Huddersfield and entered production in late 1989.[3] The first Cougar was bodied by Wadham Stringer and sold to People's Provincial in 1990.[4] Provincial director James Freeman saw the vehicle as a possible replacement for the company's large fleet of Leyland Nationals, but in the event only one was delivered.[1] It was the only full-size bus bought new by Provincial as an independent company following privatisation in 1987.[5] Provincial was taken over by First Group in 1995; the Cougar was used by the First Hampshire & Dorset subsidiary until 2004, and is now preserved.[1][6]

The second carried Willowbrook Warrior bodywork (a body rarely applied to new vehicles). It was completed in 1991 and was initially painted in a demonstrator livery, but was sold to West Midlands independent Caves Bus Services later in the year.[7] Caves closed down in June 1999[7] and the Cougar was sold to a private owner on Valentia Island.[8]

Intended developments[edit]

Both Cougars built were technically described as ACE Cougar V models.[2] This was to differentiate them from the Cougar VI, a 12m variant which ACE intended to build for sale to London Buses.[9] ACE director Keith Ward suggested that up to 100 Cougar Vs and Cougar VIs could be built per year.[9] The company also intended to create 30 manufacturing jobs producing the vehicles.[2] However, ACE went out of business in late 1991,[1] having produced no further vehicles of any sort.[4]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Provincial Society - Survivors
  2. ^ a b c "Cougar ready to go". Buses (433): 151. April 1991. 
  3. ^ Booth, Gavin (Autumn 1994). "Bus Scene: Single-dekers". Buses Focus: 24. 
  4. ^ a b Bus Lists on the Web: ACE
  5. ^ Brown, Stewart J (November 1995). Buses in Britain 2: The Mid Nineties. Capital Transport. p. 175. ISBN 1-85414-181-3. 
  6. ^ Preserved Provincial Buses - Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Company (Provincial)
  7. ^ a b Caves Bus Services reddibus.co.uk
  8. ^ "Caves' Cougar". Buses (585). December 2003. 
  9. ^ a b "Expocoach". Buses (430): 19. January 1991. 

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