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Hello, and welcome to the Optare Excel News websitePart 1 - studies the Optare Excel nationwide, and abroad.
This site has been created to study the British built Optare Excel low-floor single-decker bus, built between 1995 and 2004.
The attempt is to provide information on all the vehicles built and to provide details on where they are now through these pages listed below...
The Excel News page - updated **23rd October 2016** will keep you up to date with *sales* and other important Excel information not reported in the reference list section.
Reference list/ bus registrations is one of the most important parts of this site, showing you the original owners of all the Excels and their current owners - also giving you an easy index to track those re-registered vehicles, updated October 2013.
Owner Index - includes a page which shows the operators using Excels in **2014**, though the links to individual operators was last updated in 2010 and shows the Excel owners between 2005 and 2010 only.
Converted Excels - converted for non PSV use.
Demonstrators - many Excels began life as Demonstrator vehicle to sell the Excel brand and many were used to cover at locations when companies sent vehicles back to Optare for repairs. This page tracks where those vehicles were seen 'demonstrating'.
Photography - self explanatory, though most photographs are just shown on the news page.
Chassis types - L960, L1000, L1070, L1100, L1150, L1180, L1189L, these links do not currently work (except L960 and L1000, added 06/02/13), these take a long time to compile so will only be available when time permits an accurate update.
Older pages no longer updated as more recent information is included on other relevant pages instead;
Emailing me would be very much appreciated to help the above lists stay up to date.
*Important* - I am not employed within the bus industry and as such the information shown throughout the site is generally from the public domain, though a few operators supply information too, notes used from the DVLA website are not always 100% correct and are used as a guide in some areas, no information shown within this Optare Excel site should be used by any viewer to judge how operators go about their business, nor should the site be presumed to be a fully accurate account.
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