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The Home of Guy Motors, Wolverhampton.

The Old Guy Motors Factory.

The Old Guy Motors Factory, Park Lane, Wolverhampton.

Just a small part remains, but the name lives on.

Amongst one of the most well-known names for lorries and buses in its day. Ironically the founder, Sydney S Guy left Sunbeam, another well-known Wolverhampton vehicle manufacturer, to set up his own business. It became very successful with its pioneering designs, the Arab becoming one of their most popular lines. When Sunbeam collapsed in 1948, Guy Motors purchased the company.

The Sunbeam trolleybuses retained their name, becoming a very common sight on British streets, although later manufactured examples ended up having very short lives (less than 10 years in some cases) when they were ousted by cheap diesel buses. If only we knew then what we know now! Unfortunately, the attempt to break into the new front-entrance bus market ended up in failure with the doomed Wulfrunian model. The concept itself was not entirely flawed, but the rush to get it onto the streets was the final nail in the coffin for Guy Motors.

There is a nice aerial shot of the extensive factory in this Wikipedia article. Today, only this part facing the road remains.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 21 May 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
  • Focal Length 28mm
  • F/14
  • 1/125 sec
  • ISO 100

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