Between 1977 and 1980, Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) shortened a number of Ford R192 & R1014 buses, converting them to type code M2 or M3, but by the time the company split up on 6th September 1981, nearly all of the Fords, both standard lenght and the shortened examples, had been withdrawn. However, two examples of the type M3 vehicles, fleet numbers 370 and 372, survived at Evesham depot and therefore passed to the Midland Red (West) Limited fleet.
Both these vehicles were withdrawn by Midland Red (West) by the end of 1982, but they were later refitted and put back into service, as follows…
Both these vehicles were withdrawn again in February 1990, with 372 being stripped for spares and scrapped, while 370 was passed to Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust (“The Transport Museum”—BaMMOT), Wythall, for Preservation.
A third vehicle, fleet number 371 (registration number PHA371M), was kept by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited at their Central Works after the company split in September 1981. This vehicle was later loaned to Midland Red (West) Limited who operated it at their Evesham depot until December 1983.