Leyland Comet among classics at Spanish show

The 1949 Xativa-bodied Leyland Comet seats 22 and it is 9.5m long

A British manufacturer was represented at last week’s FIAA show in the form of a superbly-restored Leyland Comet with Valencia-built Xativa bodywork.

Built in 1949 and with a 100bhp engine, the Comet is 9.5m long and it seats just 22.

Now restored to original condition and retaining its Leyland grille badge, it was formerly used by operator Empresa Montes – which still owns it – on a long-distance service between Madrid and Alcobendas along with private hire. It has a roof-mounted luggage rack accessed via a rear ladder.

Painted in a fetching orange and cream livery and with period Batmobile-style rear fins, the front-engined Comet was among a number of restored coaches and buses displayed at the FIAA show.

These included two rear-engined Pegaso buses once part of the Madrid fleet, along with a front-engined Mercedes-Benz and a Chevrolet.

Arguably the star was one of a pair of Hispano Suizas, which has starred in a Spanish TV series and includes first- and second-class seating.