Around the end of 1973, the Canberra bus service was faced with a deteriorating vehicle situation.
For example, on 7 January 1974 almost 70 vehicles of the fleet of 180 were not available for traffic. At the time, it was reported that the situation appeared to have arisen because of a number of factors, including a shortage of mechanics and the supply of spare parts [and new buses] being curtailed because of industrial disputes in Australia and overseas.
But the situation was about to get much worse, as free school travel was scheduled to be introduced on 1 February 1974.
Desperate times called for desperate measures, and the following buses were sourced to supplement the fleet: (more…)