Dennis Lancet

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Dennis Lancet
Dennis Lancet A506 FSS.jpg
Alexander bodied Dennis Lancet
Manufacturer Dennis
Production 1981-91
Body and chassis
Floor type Step entrance
Engine Perkins T6.354
Transmission Allison AT545
Successor Dennis Javelin

The Dennis Lancet was a lightweight underfloor-engined chassis manufactured by Dennis during the 1980s.

The Lancet nameplate was previously carried by a front-engined chassis, and later, in the 1950s and early 1960s, to the underfloor-engined Lancet UF.


The Lancet was launched in 1981.[1][2] It was mainly used as the basis of a bus or coach, although some were bodied for other uses, mainly as mobile libraries.

At a time before the advent of low floor buses, when wheelchair access required the fitment of a chairlift, a few bus operators and councils bought Dennis Lancets with this feature. Leicester Citybus and West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive had three and two respectively with Duple Dominant Bus bodywork.[3]

Other UK customers for the Lancet included Tillingbourne Bus Company, Merseyside PTE (with ten, the largest British fleet), Northern Scottish, Blackpool Transport, Portsmouth, Merthyr Tydfil and Taff-Ely.

Around 87 chassis were built. Nearly a third of them were exported, to Bermuda and South Africa.[4][5] The Lancet was replaced by the Dennis Javelin.


  1. ^ Lancet Commercial Motor 11 October 1980
  2. ^ Lancet, child of Dennis Commercial Motor 25 October 1980
  3. ^ Leicester halts for lame Commercial Motor 9 October 1982
  4. ^ Upstage HD Commercial Motor 29 September 1984
  5. ^ Dennis Lancet Bus Lists on the Web

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