Little B has had a busy life in her first 50+ years. And she has performed all her tasks well.
Originally used in the NZAF as a bomber crew transporter. The special feature of this vehicle is the twin tyres on the rear axle which were usually reserved for heavier vehicles of the M and O type. They were added to give increased stability on the high speed dash across the runway!!
"Little B" retired from the forces and was then used as school bus. We dont know where but would love to hear from anyone who does!. In the 1990’s she was converted to a house bus. More recently she has been fully restored back to a 13 seater charter bus. After a few years running around Nelson “Little B” is now at home in Wanganui, an internationally recognised heritage area.
"Little B" has been fully restored for charter work. She currently runs a 3 litre 6 cylinder engine and has a 4 speed syncromesh gear box for smoother driving and passenger comfort. Originally she would have had a crash gear box - a lot more noisy and uncomfortable ride.
The K denotes the axle rating and hence carrying capacity of the vehicle. The Z shows that she was imported to New Zealand as a "knock down" i.e chassis and engine cowling. The body was built in Christchurch by New Zealand Bodies Ltd.
When not at work driving people around, “Little B” relaxes at Boyds Autobarn, a Wanganui Car Museum.