Oddball Wednesday - MCV Capital

One of just five MCV Capitals built (Steven Hughes)
At first glance, classing the bus photographed to the right as an "Oddball" may same ludicrous - however, look beneath the surface and you find quite an interesting vehicle.

Marshall were formed in the 1960s, with a twenty year string of bus production ahead of them before being placed into administration. They made a return in 1992 when the deeds and production rights to the Duple Dartline body from Carlyle, who in turn purchases the rights to the product when Duple came to a close. Marshall redesigned the product in 1993 as the C37, which was replaced in 1997 by the low-floor Capital.

Marshall ceased trading once again and the assets of the company were sold to Egyptian manafacturer MCV - who formed a British leg of their operation. Included in this sale was the rights to the Capital, which was to continue production. However, after just five MCV Capitals were built, TransBus stopped supplying the Dart chassis to other manufacturers, keeping the already popular chassis for their own exclusive use.

As a result, the bus photographed to the right is quite a rarity - one of just five ever produced by MCV. These final five are an ending to over a decade of manafacturer closures, which resulted in one body option branched into five products. MCV, following production of the five Capitals, moved onto MAN chassis with their new Stirling design, which lent itself to the Evolution.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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