“North Island Bus Builders” by Sean Millar. ISBN 0-908726-54-6. NZD $15.00. Postage within NZ NZD $3.00 if purchased singly, free if purchased with any other book. Overseas postage charged at cost.
“All (the books in Sean Millar’s ‘Bus Builders series) are eye-openers, with most, if not all the photos being previously unpublished.” New Zealand Buses Now and Then.
A4 format, 60 pages, staple bound. Covers in printed in colour inside and out, other pages in b&w.
An illustrated history of bus building in the North Island after 1945.
MAJOR NORTH ISLAND COMMERCIAL BUS BUILDERS
Austral Specialised Vehicles (Wellington)
Coachwork Central (Palmerston North)
Coachwork International (Palmerston North)
Crawley Ridley & Co (Wellington)
Dargaville Machinery Co DEMAC (Dargaville)
Kiwi Bus Builders (Tauranga)
New Zealand Motor Bodies NZMB (Auckland & Wellington)
F J Nuttall & Son (Napier)
J Pomeroy & Co (Hamilton)
Stratford Motor Bodies (Stratford)
SMALLER NORTH ISLAND COMMERCIAL BUS BUILDERS
Benton’s Motor Bodies (Whangarei), Boon, Sullivan & Luke (Whakatane), E K Bradley (Dargaville), Vic Buckton (Paengaroa), C C Carter & Sons (Wellington), Keith Cave (Titoki), Central Hawkes Bay Motor Bodies (Waipawa), Century Bodyworks (Morrinsville), Clipper Motor Bodies (Dannevirke), N H Conroy (Taranaki), D N Davis (Palmerston North), Duley & Thompson (Wairoa), Andy Dykes & Son (Napier), R E Fuller (Greytown), Gibbs & Byford (Waipawa, Gibson & Buck Ltd (Hamilton), G N Hale & Son (Wellington), Hamilton Motor Bodies (Hamilton), Hawkes Bay Farmers Ltd (Waipukurau), James & Whimp (Whangarei), NA J Joe King (Tauranga), J W McCullough (Gisborne), E F Nattrass (Napier), Northland Truck Services Norcoach (Dargaville), Perreau Cornish & Co (Dannevirke), A J Phillips (Havelock North), Robinson (Bay of Plenty), A W Rowe (Hastings), Stanhope Motor Bodies (Hawkes Bay), Wade Motors (Hamilton), Wellsford Motor Bodies (Wellsford),
AUCKLAND-BASED COMMERCIAL BUS BUILDERS
Covered only briefly in “North Island Bus Builders” – for more detail see our related title “The Bus Builders of Auckland”.
NORTH ISLAND OPERATOR BUS BUILDERS
Covered only briefly in “North Island Bus Builders” – for more detail see our related title “Operator Bus Builders”.