Title: London’s Pre-War Smaller Classes
Author: Ken Blacker
Publisher: Capital Transport
Specification: 285mm x 220mm, 144pp, hardback
AEC may have called itself “the maker of London’s buses” for five decades, but even in the 1930s when London Transport was fresh and young, its relationship with the Southall-based manufacturer was as much about contractual obligation as unconditional product satisfaction.
Had it not guaranteed to buy 90% of its motorbuses from AEC from 1933, it might well have bought many more of them from Leyland Motors, as it did when purchasing trolleybuses.