• Short Summary

    LABELLED "NO. 1 CUBA", A LONG, SINGLE-DECKER BUS IS NEARING COMPLETION AT A FACTORY OUTSIDE BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND.

  • Description

    LABELLED "NO. 1 CUBA", A LONG, SINGLE-DECKER BUS IS NEARING COMPLETION AT A FACTORY OUTSIDE BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND. THIS IS THE FIRST OF THE CONTROVERSIAL 400, ORDERED BY DR. FIDEL CASTRO'S GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAVE CAUSED DISSENSION BETWEEN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES.

    THE BUS IS FAR FROM COMPLETE, WINDOWS ARE NOT FITTED, UPHOLSTERY IS STILL AWAITED, AND THE VEHICLE NEEDS COATS OF GLOSSY NEW PAINT. THE FIRST DELIVERY IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE IN JULY - THE REST OF THE ORDER WORTH GBP4 MILLION WILL FOLLOW AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

    LEYLAND MOTORS, THE FIRM WINNING THE ORDER, IS NOT CONCERNED WITH THE POLITICAL CRISIS PROVOKED BY THE BUSES. THIS IS A REPEAT ORDER FROM CUBA, AND WAS WON IN THE FACE OF KEEN COMPETITION WITH FRANCE, SPAIN, WEST GERMANY, JAPAN AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA. AN OPTION TO BUT A FURTHER 1,000 BUSES WAS RECENTLY SIGNED IN HAVANA BY A LEYLAND REPRESENTATIVE.

    IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE SALE TO CUBA, SEEING THE CONTRACT AS GOOD BUSINESS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THAT SUCH DEALS PREJUDICE "THE EFFORTS OF THE COUNTRIES OF THIS HEMISPHERE TO REDUCE THE THREAT" POSED BY THE CASTRO REGIME. THE AMERICANS WANT CUBA TO BE ISOLATED "POLITICALLY, ECONOMICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY" AS THE BASIC GOAL OF THEIR POLICY, AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID ON FRIDAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEN8EKVT2MUHUNN85N236GRQTJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEN8EKVT2MUHUNN85N236GRQTJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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