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Bedford Miles
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No: 40814   Contributor:   Year: 2017   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford Miles

Fresh from the factory floor of Alfred Miles coach works Cheltenham, thought to be 1955, not my one but possibly URO 552 ?
Picture added on 24 November 2017 at 14:06
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There are slight differences from URO552 - it does not have that small rectangle mid front above bumper, for example.

Added by Petros on 24 November 2017.
Do we know when Miles started producing fire appliances? This was a very advanced design in its days, even if they had not yet figured out how to build a four door cab!

Added by Rob Johnson on 26 November 2017.
Not sure what you mean about rectangle mid front, there is a photo of URO552 on google search images at a rally in the 80's still wearing the small mirrors and side lights, anyone know where it is now? I know it was a coffee kiosk a few years ago.

Added by David Harris on 29 November 2017.
Very little information on line about Alfred Miles Ltd, I think I read he started off building bone shaker bicycles and at the end the company was sold to a aircraft manufacturers.

Added by David Harris on 29 November 2017.
Small rectangle? Could be opening for starting handle....

Added by Peter McCombie on 03 December 2017.
Thanks for the explanation, yes that is for the starting handle however it does appear to be apparent in all of the photos iv'e seen of URO 552, apparently 5 of this model in 1955 were built for Hertfordshire and would appear mine is not one of them, i'll just keep searching for info. Regards David

Added by David Harris on 06 December 2017.
I have just acquired a horse drawn carriage built by Alfred Miles around the turn of the century. That was what the business did before cars came along.

Added by Penny on 14 July 2018.
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