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Foto FIAA 2017 will feature a Historical Bus Exhibition

The past and present of professional passenger transport will meet at FIAA, the International Bus and Coach Trade Fair held by IFEMA from 23 to 26 May at Feria de Madrid.

EMT will present two of its most genuine models: The Pegaso 6038 and the PEGASO 6035- A Articulado; Empresa Montes will exhibit a 1928 Chevrolet, a 1949 Leyland Comet and one of its treasures, a 1954 Biscuter Comercial 200; while AUTOCARES LÁZARA will present a 1950 Mercedes Benz

At the entrance to the fair, a 1934 Hispano Suiza T-69 Omnibus from the company Julián Castro will be on display.

The upcoming edition of FIAA, held by IFEMA from 23 to 26 May at Feria de Madrid, will host a Historical Buses Exhibition which will give visitors an interesting retrospective of the vehicles' history. There will be seven models on display, real urban and interurban jewels property of EMT, the Madrid Municipal Transport Company and the road passenger transport companies, Empresa Montes, Autocares Lázara, and Julián de Castro. The Julián de Castro vehicle will be located at the South entrance to welcome visitors to FIAA.

The exhibition will contrast with the innovative proposals from the present day exhibited by the 120 companies from 12 countries taking part in this edition. New technologies, sustainable transport solutions and developments in road safety and passenger protection, as well as the latest in design, comfort and functionality will offer a complete perspective of the lines of advance in the bus and coach sector.

Seven emblematic vehicles at the exhibition
PEGASO 6038 nicknamed 'petrolero' (the oil tanker)
They came to Madrid in 1980 and left the city and the EMT fleet in 1999. In those two decades there were 884 units of this model, making it one of the most numerous along with the Pegaso 5022 and one which gave a lot of homogeneity to the city's buses: it came to represent 50% of the fleet in the 1980s. It was used on most lines of the bus network, known for its characteristic red colour and the distinctive sound of its engine (a 200 hp Pegaso 9107.0) as it made its way through the Spanish capital. Its durability and resilience earned it the nickname 'petrolero' or oil tanker.

PEGASO 6035-A articulated bus
The Pegaso 6035-A articulated bus kept at the EMT Museum bears the series number 2191 and was registered in 1976. The Pegaso 6035-A came to the EMT historic fleet in 2007 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It was recovered thanks to the combined efforts of the EMT and AEMTBUS, bringing one of the city's most emblematic buses in the 1970s and 1980s back to Madrid. Restored and fine-tuned at the EMT facilities in Fuencarral, its comeback coincided with the company's 60th anniversary celebrations in November 2007. This model circulated Madrid from 1966 to 1983 and was seen as a vehicle for high-occupancy lines (in fact, it came to replace double-decker buses). 191 units of this model circulated in Madrid, serving many of the city's bus lines: 1, 2, 30, 31, 34, 51, 56, 70…

A 1928 Chevrolet
This Chevrolet-chassis vehicle from the United States finished production in Burgos (Carrocerías Romera). It was used in the film “Gernika”, which was presented at the Málaga Film Festival in September 2016. This 1928 model has a 70 hp engine, 14 seats and is 5.43 metres long.

1949 Leyland Comet
The chassis of this Leyland bus was made in England and the bodywork was made in Xàtiva in Valencia. It was used for excursions as well as regular passenger services. The conductor had the job of closing the doors before the bus set off. This 1949 model has a 100 hp diesel engine, 22 seats and is 9.5 metres long.

1954 Biscuter Comercial 200 C
This vehicle used a 197 cc Hispano Villiers engine. It was created by Gabriel Voisin (the father of French aviation) and was built under licence in San Adrián de Besós, Barcelona, Spain in the 1950s. This 1954 model has an 8 hp engine, 4 seats (2 regular and 2 for children) and is 2.75 metres long.

1950 Mercedes Benz
Historical vehicle from the EEC manufactured in 1950. It reaches a top speed of 60 km/h and has foldable seats. It seats 20 passengers.

Hispano Suiza T-69 Omnibus
This Hispano Suiza T-69 Omnibus, configured as a "voyager", was manufactured in 1934 and restored between 2010 and 2012 to be presented at the centennial of Autocares Julián de Castro, S.A on 11 December 2013. In only 9 m2. It had space for both first- and second-class passengers. It took part in the Third Barcelona - Caldes de Montbui Classic Bus Rally, in various exhibitions, and came in first place at the 4th International Concours d'Élégance in Madrid. It also played a role in the TV series Secreto de Puente Viejo which has been running for over 16 years

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