An Optare Vecta operating with HTL Buses
of Liverpool. It was originally an Optare demonstrator.
|Body and chassis
Cummins ISBe (re-engines)
The Optare Vecta is a single-decker bus body built on MAN chassis by Optare of Leeds between 1991 and 1997.
The Vecta was largely similar to the Delta body on the DAF SB220, but had a straight front end. Most were based on the 11.190 chassis, but there were also two built on the less powerful 11.180.
A total of 130 were built, with the biggest customer being United Automobile Services with 51. Trent Buses took 15, while Reading Transport bought 13, including the two 11.180s. Other significant customers included London bus operators Westlink and R & I Tours (eight and five respectively), Scottish coach operator Hutchison of Overtown (seven) and Crosville Cymru, Black Prince of Morley and Tillingbourne of Cranleigh (four each).
The United and Crosville Cymru vehicles were subsequently operated by Arriva North East, with some having their MAN engines replaced by Cummins ISBe units.
One example remains in store with Arriva North East (late 2012).