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Since this is a discussion emanating from a 27-foot Arab IV, it should be pointed out that at that length the Arab IV was actually supplanted by the Daimler CCG6 (Chesterfield at least having a Guy order transferred to Daimler), while Guy concentrated on 30-foot Arabs and dreamed of Wulfrunian orders.
The 27-foot Arab V came into being eventually, but I understand only one batch were built – for Cardiff.
The slightly earlier Massey bodied Arab (superbly maintained by Wyvern Omnibus Ltd) appeared at the GWR (Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway) 1940s weekend earlier in the year. The photos were taken by Mr Ray Phillips aka "Ray the Spiv", sometimes seen on wanted posters at 1940s events! Colin Shears told me that when faced with the choice of which of the Massey-bodied batch to preserve he went straight for TFJ 808, as it had the most musical gearbox of the lot.An underfloor of real character: uncompromisingly no-nonsense bodywork, a good solid chassis and wonderful sound-effects.My only ride on one of these was not in Southampton but with an independent in Lincolnshire.Yes, Guy did take the Arab off the market, convinced that the Wulfrunian would conquer in its place.In 1960 the Guy company collapsed and Jaguar took over the Wolverhampton business.
What a pity, though, that none of the Park Royals survived.