The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
This film is part of Free
Rationalising City Transportation
Quieter than a diesel bus, more manoeuvrable than a tram. The Guy trolley bus is the answer to all your transport problems and they're 'perfectly safe up to 40mph'.
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Providing a fascinating glimpse of inter-war road conditions, which were a confusing melee of cars, trams, horses and pedestrians, this promotional film for Guy Motors shows the versatility of the firm's range of trolley buses. See how, in Rotherham, the agile trolley nips around its cumbersome older relative, the tram, and negotiates the narrow streets of Guy's home town of Wolverhampton, which then had the largest fleet of trolley buses in England.
Guy Motors Ltd continued to make trolley buses into the early 1960s, using the Sunbeam name in later years. After falling into receivership in 1961 they were bought out by Jaguar and, following a series of mergers in the motor industry, eventually became part of British Leyland. The Wolverhampton factory and the Guy name disappeared in 1982.