Alexander Y Type

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Alexander Y Type
Alexander AYS Type body on Leyland Leopard chassis.
Manufacturer Alexander
Production 1962–1983
Assembly Falkirk, Scotland
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Step entrance
Chassis Leyland Leopard
AEC Reliance
Seddon Pennine 7
Ford R-Series
Albion Viking
Bristol RE
Bristol LH
Bedford Y series
Leyland Tiger Cub
Bedford VAM
Leyland Panther
Dennis Lancet
Volvo B58
Volvo B57
Length 10.0m, 11.0m and 12.0m
Width 2.5m
Height 3.0m

The Alexander Y Type was a long-running design of single-decker bus and single-decker intercity bus bodywork built by Walter Alexander Coachbuilders in Falkirk, Scotland. It was built on a wide range of chassis between 1962 and 1983. A small number were built at Alexander's Belfast subsidiary.

From 1971 it became the AY Type (with the A signifying alloy construction) or AYS Type (with the S signifying service bus specification), although in common usage all are referred to simply as Y Type.


The majority of Y Type bodies were fitted to Leyland Leopard chassis, and most were built for the Scottish Bus Group and its predecessors.

Chassis Approximate number of bodies Number for SBG and predecessors Notes
Leyland Leopard 1803 1550 PSU3 and PSU4 models
AEC Reliance 330 238
Seddon Pennine 7 284 284
Ford R-Series 244 242 R192, R226, R1014 and R1114 models
Albion Viking 230 228 VK41, VK43 and VK49 models
Bristol RE 128 66 RELH, RELL and RESL models
Bedford Y series 92 81 YRQ and YRT models
Bristol LH 75 75 LH6P model
Leyland Tiger Cub 52 31
Bedford VAM 27 27 VAM5 model
Leyland Panther 2 0 for Newcastle Corporation, classified Y type but actually W type bodies
Dennis Lancet 1 1
Volvo B58 1 0 B58-56 demonstrator
Volvo B57 1 1
TOTAL 3270 2824

Other customers

As can be seen from the table above, SBG was by far the biggest customer, buying over 86% of the total output of Y Types. However other customers also existed, amongst these being the North Western Road Car Company with 65 Leopards and 30 Bristol REs, Venture of Consett with 32 Leopards and 12 Reliances, Lancaster City Council with 26 Leopards, and Potteries Motor Traction with 25 Reliances.

External links

  • Preserved Ex Clydeside Scottish Leyland Leopard Bus Website
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