The Ayrshire Bus Owners’ A1 Service cooperative survived for nearly 70 years from December 1925 until Stagecoach acquired the business in January 1995, with the highfrequency route between Kilmarnock and Ardrossan its principal service. Its members were permitted to operate double-deckers from 1947 and were required to stop using single-deck buses from 1960 until 1976.

Although its fleet colours were blue, cream and maroon, their application varied and the livery covered many different types of vehicles bought new and secondhand. The vehicle that

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