Coventry trams, and subsequently buses, were painted maroon and cream with variations in shade and layout for many years. Although maroon was replaced by a lighter shade called 'Marshall Red' in 1969, buses continued to carry maroon until repainted. Some buses carried maroon well into the era of the West Midlands PTE.
Although the last trams ran in Coventry in 1940, surprisingly at least two remain. Tramcar 32 was built in 1907 by Milnes Voss. It was a double deck tram with seating for 50 people. It is in a very derelict state and continues to decay in a copse in Warwickshire.
One other Coventry tramcar does exist. Tramcar 71 was built by Brush in 1931 was one of the last trams bought by Coventry Corporation. Unlike tramcar 32, it had a covered top deck and could carry 55 passengers. It is the furthest travelled of the Coventry tramcars, resting now in a garden in Surrey.
Four other tramcars are known to have survived for some time after the war. The lower deck of tramcar 22, built by Dick Kerr and both decks of tramcar 67, built by English Electric in 1929, lay in a field at Hunningham, near Leamington Spa, for many years. 22 was an open-top 46 seater built in 1901. 22 was one of a number acquired by Coventry Tramways in 1905 from Wigan when that undertaking converted from 3' 6" gauge track to standard gauge.
Tramcar 48, a Brush built covered-top tram, was at the rear of Springfield Road in Coventry for some years. It was a 48 seater built just before the Great War.
Tramcar 68 - sister to Hunningham relic 67 - survived in a private garden in Allesley village until fairly recently. It was used as a greenhouse. It has now gone.
22, 48 and 67 are now thought to have gone.


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