Volvo B59

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Stagecoach second-hand B59s
Carris B59s

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The Volvo B59 is a city bus chassis developed in the 1971. It was the first Volvo city bus with low floor. 177 right hand drive chassis of this type are exported to Australia during 1976-79. Most of them have been withdrawn by the original owners and are converted to school buses by their second-hand owners.

Hundreds of B59s were also exported to Portugal to Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa. A little less than 200 buses are still in service.

There is a roof-top ventilation unit called the evaporative cooling system.

Chassis type: B59
Chassis configuration: rear horizontal engine conventional driveline
Wheelbase (mm): Melbourne 5000, Brisbane and Adelaide 5400
Body make: PMC/Domingo Hedges
Window type: sliding
Engine type: Volvo 10L
Engine position: rear horizontal
Transmission type: ZF 2HP45 2-speed automatic transmission
Suspension type: air bellows
Maximum speed (km/h): 90
Passenger capacity: B32D (Melbourne), B39D (Brisbane), B46D (Adelaide)

Information on this page are kindly supplied by Derek Cheng.


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Page created: 11 November 2001

Last updated: 7 March 2004