Oddball Wednesday - Marhsall Master

A duo of Marshall Masters seen in 2003 (Steven Hughes)
Between 1997 and 1999, Marshall produced a small batch of their Master bodywork. Just 53 of the type were every produced, and were based upon the popular O814D Vario.

The type was often considered to be the minibus variant of the much more popular Capital bodywork, and the equal rare integral Marshall Minibus. The Master succeeded the C16 and longer C19 choices, based upon the earlier Mercedes Benz 709D chassis.

Although the mechanical layout of the truck derived Vario chassis forced a similar shape among all bodies placed upon them, the Master was visibly distinctive to many others. The front destination box slanted forwards and was much more bulbous than competitiors. The shape followed the style already set by the Capital. The rear end was almost identical, just slightly smaller than its big brother also.

Rarest of all the type was S394LLT, delivered to MCH of Uxbridge, which was fitted with coach seating. The rest of the Masters produced had standard bus seating in layouts ranging from 23 through to 33. 
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