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In 1881, Henri Jonckheere began to build horse drawn carriages in the town of Beveren, near Roeselare in the province of West-Flanders, Belgium. 1902 saw Jonckheere build his first "luxury automobile". In those days many, largely wooden bodies with their typical styling, were built upon several famous chassis makes such as Minerva and Rolls-Royce.
1922 saw Henri's son and successor Joseph Jonckheere built his first bus body. Car bodies were still a large part of the production until the early 1930s when Jonckheere moved all of the production to bus and coach building, making Jonckheere the Belgian market leader. Jonckheere was also becoming a famous and well-known name throughout Europe.
After World War II, there was a huge need for vehicles for road transport, which included of course a lot of buses and coaches. Jonckheere was able to meet quickly all new market trends. The product range also included luxury touring coaches, city and intercity buses, articulated buses but also heavy duty buses for worldwide export and several special bodies. In the 1970s, Jonckheere launched the Bermuda range that started to appear in the UK in 1977 and stayed in production until 1982.
Jonckheere celebrated its first century in 1981 with a touring coach with the appropriate name of Jubilee. The range included a low floor P599 model, regular P50 model, P99 double decker and P90 semi-decker. In 1989, Jonckheere launched the Deauville range and in 1994 came the Monaco double deck model. Its current range model includes the Mistral touring coach model.
In 1994 Jonckheere became a part of the Berkhof Group which was subsequently acquired by VDL Groep four years later. The official name of Jonckheere was then changed to VDL Jonckheere.
A new high-specification coach was launched in Europe. The SH-series was initially available on the rear-engined Volvo B12B chassis. The demonstration model was built to a height of 3.8m. However, when introduced to the UK, it may be built slightly lower.
- Transit 2000
- Arrow 30, 50, 70
- Mistral 30, 50, 70
Based on the wikipedia article.
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