The Leopards, Lynxes and Tigers of Black Prince
In February 1975, Black Prince welcomed the first Leyland Leopard to the streets of Morley, when VUB405H joined the fleet, coming from another famous Leeds coach firm, Wallace Arnold.
This Stylish coach, built in 1970 and fitted with the Plaxton body of the day, the Panorama Elite, heralded the start of the big cat era, with no less than 28 Leopards, 4 Tigers and 3 Lynxes passing through the fleet at Black Prince between 1975 and 2005.
Each machine has it's own interesting history, but here we present such interesting vehicles as 4774NE, a Royal Tiger Worldmaster, the export version of the Leopard, and ECK885E, stripped down by Brian Crowther and friends in a barn near Morley and rebodied by Plaxton!.
Whilst preparing this part of the website, it was astonishing to see the sheer variety of Leyland "Wildcats" operated by Black Prince, I hope you enjoy browsing the photographs as much as I have whilst preparing them-if any of our readers are aware of any of these big cats still "prowling" the streets, please get in touch, we would love to know!.