The Plaxton Beaver
, originally known as the Reeve Burgess Beaver
, is a minibus body built by Plaxton
Plaxton is a builder of bus and coach vehicle bodies based in Scarborough, England.-History:The Plaxton of today is the successor to a business founded in Scarborough in 1907 by Frederick William Plaxton.-Beginnings:...
. It was built at the Pilsley, Derbyshire factory of Plaxton's Reeve Burgess
Reeve Burgess was a bus body manufacturer based in Pilsley, North East Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. It was a subsidiary of Plaxton from 1980 until its closure in 1991....
subsidiary from 1987-1991, at Plaxton's main Scarborough factory from 1991, and from 1995 at Anston
The villages of North Anston and South Anston are the principal constituents of the civil parish of North and South Anston, in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England...
in South Yorkshire.
The Beaver has been built mainly on Mercedes-Benz van-derived minibus chassis such as the 709D and 811D
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, and was also built on the Renault S56 and S75
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until 1992. Rare examples were also built on Iveco 49.10 chassis.
The Beaver 2
, built on Mercedes-Benz Vario
The Mercedes-Benz Vario is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. Originally launched as the T2 in 1986, the Vario gained its current name when it was facelifted in 1996. The T2 van itself succeeded the Mercedes-Benz L van series.The bodyshell remained relatively unchanged since production...
chassis, replaced the original Beaver in December 1996, and is still in production as of 2007. In 2006 Plaxton launched the Beaver 3
, the Beaver 2 body combined with the front end of a Plaxton Cheetah.