Leyland Olympic in CUBA
Typical urban bus in Habana Cuba around 1970.
These picture are 5 frames grabbed from a video.
You will find 5 sequential frames showing the front and side of the bus.
The pictures are not high quality of course; but the details are easily recognized and for Cubans in particular they bring cherished memories.
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Zdzislaw | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:07 pm
HI, I have spent half a year in Habana when I was a child (1968). In my family photo archives I found a better (at least a color) photo of such a bus (I think it's the same model). I would like to share but don't know how.
February 5, 2009 6:49:32 AM EST
Classic Bus | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:09 pm
Zdzislaw and others wanting to submit bus photos can e-mail them into the site at webmaster AT classicbusdepot.com
Please include your name, when and where photos were taken and as much detail on each photo/bus as is possible. Thanks.
February 6, 2009 12:14:00 PM EST
fagan | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:10 pm
These Leyland Olympic MCW also operated in Kingston ,Jamaica ,by the Jamaica Omnibus Service-a British -owned bus company. They were called "L" buses. The first set arrived in Jamaica in 1966,just in time for the commonwealth games. They carried the powerful Leyland 0680 engines. There were some deviation from the Cuban Model-----they had advetising billboard-type lighting on the outside,they also had destination signs in the rear as well as the front,they had a entrance and exit door. Leyland discontinued manufacturing them in 1971 with the introduction of the Leyland Nationals.
July 2, 2009 8:13:15 PM EDT
miguel angel | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:11 pm
para los conocedores del tema leyland en cuba ,,,existe una revista llamada ----juventud tecnica--- emitida en la havana por los aÃ±os 1973 o 1974 aproximadamente ,que tiene un foto reportaje sobre la reconstructora leyland en la havana ubicada en san miguel delpadron ,,se las recomiendo ,,y si la encuentran seria formidable que colgaran sus fotos aca en esta pagina. saludos --------miguelangel---------
January 13, 2010 12:32:48 PM EST
Victor T Barris | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:12 pm
I do remmeber the old Olympics and Tigers Leylands buses.
The Pegasos buses also had Leyland motors as well and they were very noisy.
May 31, 2010 8:42:32 AM EDT
Juan Lorenzo | Jun 24, 2010 | 8:13 pm
Oh the Glory days of the buses in Havana!!
These Leyland Olympic served like beasts of burden through the late sixties and the seventies around Havana.
There were other diferent models that served the inter-province service. Some of them were "Olympics" other were "Tiger", I remember like 4 or 5 diferent models.This picture must be from the early days tehy got to Havana
late 1964-early 65. Notice the brightness of the paint. After they were painted by cubans, the quality of the paint was never the same.
November 19, 2008 2:47:11 PM EST
Jesús Ramiz | Dec 01, 2010 | 9:05 am
Wow! These pictures bring back fun memories when I was a child. In fact, I remember riding in my uncle's bus as he drove route 37 form La Vivora through Santo Suarez.
Thanks Classic Bus.
eddie | Dec 15, 2010 | 6:53 am
wow.. from santa clara to la havana...1970s