Langley’s Coaches Fleet Profile: 1988 Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354

Today, I have a very special vehicle profile for you – this little Austral is the subject….

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – 3/4 LHS front

Originally owned by Deluxe Coachlines of Wangaratta, Victoria, wearing fleet number 203, it then went through to Hopkinson’s of Sydney as TV533, then Australia Coach in Cairns, Queensland as 578IDY then to Coach Australia (Red and White Coaches) as 578IDY then COA30 before coming to Dubbo, NSW and joining the Langley’s Coaches fleet as TV8354.

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – front view complete with original Deluxe destination box roll

Phil Langley was one of Deluxe’s employees and had an idea to repaint the Minimaster into their colours as they purchased all five Minimaster units that were built – Austral made coaches to what their customers required. This particular example was the third to come off the production line.

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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – 3/4 RHS
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – RHS
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – rear
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – driver’s station
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Austral HRP2 Minimaster TV8354 – saloon area

This particular coach is very, very smooth in it’s ride – being that it is 10.6m long helps in that smoothness. My mother and I were very fortunate to be taken out by Phil for a pretty long ride – the big 6V92 combined with the 6 speed Spicer crash box made for a smooth ride as well….

Thanks must go to Phil as I would not have had this opportunity if he wasn’t there….

Upcoming Photo Alert!

I have a photo shoot coming up next week – friends of mine have just completed a project on one of their coaches and I will be profiling it in a very special vehicle profile on here! So excited….. bring it on! As a teaser, here is a photo of said coach:

Little Buddy - Deluxe Coachlines
1988 Austral HRP2 MiniMaster TV8354. Photo courtesy of Michael Langley

The Austral MiniMaster is a very rare coach in that there were only 5 made and all of them ended up going to Deluxe Coachlines in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. This is ex-Deluxe #203 and has been put back into their colours by the Langley family of Dubbo, NSW, Australia. The patriarch of the Langley family, Phil Langley, used to work for them so it was fitting to put this lovely little coach back into their colours