Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher's 'Ulster bus' for sale

An iron bus believed to be have been used by Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher is to be auctioned this month.

The 28-tonne armour-plated 'battle bus' is thought to have been built in the 1980s for the former Prime Minister's Northern Ireland tour, then later used for troop transport.

It is expected to attract bids of more than £10,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month, auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said.

The bus has a blast-proof floor and armour-plated glass throughout, as well as a bomb-proof armour-plated body, he said. It's thought to be chemical, biological and nuclear-proof.

"This isn't a good-looking vehicle by any stretch of the imagination," said Mr Humbert.

The bus will go under the hammer on Thursday at the JP Humbert's saleroom in Towcester, Northants.

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