Silcox Coaches Plaxton Beaver 1 bodied Mercedes-Benz 711D in Tenby in May 2005
Body and chassis
Renault S56 and S75
Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes-Benz T2/Vario)
The Plaxton Beaver, originally known as the Reeve Burgess Beaver, is a minibus body built by Plaxton. It was built at the Pilsley, Derbyshire factory of Plaxton’s Reeve Burgess subsidiary from 1987-1991, at Plaxton’s main Scarborough factory from 1991, and from 1995 at Anston in South Yorkshire.
The Beaver has been built mainly on Mercedes-Benz van-derived minibus chassis such as the 709D and 811D, and was also built on the Renault S56 and S75 until 1992. Rare examples were also built on Iveco 49.10 chassis.
The Beaver 2, built on Mercedes-Benz Vario chassis, replaced the original Beaver in December 1996, and is still in production as of 2007. In 2006 Plaxton launched the Beaver 3, the Beaver 2 body combined with the front end of a Plaxton Cheetah.
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Reeve Burgess bodied Mercedes-Benz 709D Cobham bus rally at Wisley Airfield. in April 2009
Chaloner’s Plaxton Beaver 1 bodied Mercedes-Benz O811 in Wrexham in March 2009
A1A Travel’s Plaxton Beaver 2 bodied Mercedes-Benz O814 Vario in Liverpool in August 2008
Wightbus Beaver 3 bodied Mercedes-Benz O814D Vario in Isle of Wight in May 2010
List of buses
Millar, Alan (1992) Bus & Coach Recognition : Ian Allan Ltd., ISBN 0-7110-2060-4
Millar, Alan (2007) Bus & Coach Recognition : Ian Allan Ltd., ISBN 0-7110-3136-3
Plaxton History & Heritage at Plaxton Centenary website
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Plaxton Beaver.
The Beaver’s product page at Plaxton’s website
Plaxton Beaver – wheelchair accessible transport in daily use around Dublin