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About Custom Bus

About Custom Bus

Custom Bus is Australia’s second-largest bus-body building company with a proud heritage, having produced its first vehicle in 1955. Custom has a reputation for producing sophisticated city buses for government and route services, designed for a 25-year life cycle. The company is headquartered at its state of the art facility in Sydney, NSW. The business also offers aftermarket service in strategic locations across the country. Custom produced over 220 buses in 2013, achieving a 15% share of the total Australian bus market.

About Allegro Funds

Established in 2004, Allegro is an independently-owned Australian fund manager investing primarily in private mid-market businesses within Australia and New Zealand. Allegro currently manages more than $300 million in committed capital from Australian superannuation funds and the Allegro team. Backed by a team of experienced investment professionals, Allegro deploys capital, expertise and a distinctly hands-on approach to investing in businesses requiring transformation. The acquisition of Custom further demonstrates the ability of private equity to deploy capital in turnaround or distressed situations.

UTS Motorsports Sponsorship


Customs is sponsoring the upcoming 2014 UTS Motorsports event. We will provide tube laser cutting for all the chassis and framing componentry. Good luck UTS!

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The Team at Everyday Hero thanks Custom

Hi there,

Car 112 “The Pink Panther” has left the following message for you on their Supporter page:

Fantastic effort and greatly appreciated donation from Joe, Andy, Steve and all the great crew at Custom Coaches. Thanks a million guys!

You can view it below your donation here.

Thank you for your generosity.
The Team at Everyday Hero

Custom deliver the latest CB80 to Forest Coach Lines

Forest Coach Lines took delivery of their latest Custom bus, which is their first CB80. This CB80 is the first of two CB80s due for delivery, the first is built on a Volvo B7RLE and the second is built on a Mercedes 0500LE.

Forest Coach Lines has a large fleet of Custom bodied buses, a relationship that extends over 50 years between the two companies. “The long term relationship is a great feature of the Australian bus industry and the Forest relationship is one we are very proud of”, according to Norm Stott, Custom’s long serving Sales Manager. The new CB80 has a spectacular paint layout utilizing the famous Forest colours with the new NSW livery.

Forest bus leaving Custom NSW

The new CB80 delivered to Forest has all of the original benefits of the CB80, 25 year design life, stainless steel frame, 15 year corrosion warranty, 50 seated passengers (with two doors), removable front & rear panels for fast change-over, high impact resistant “pultruded” removable fibreglass skirt panels, all designed to keep the bus on the road longer, and low whole of life costs.

The stainless frame, with fibreglass roof and headers will negate the need for costly mid life rebuilds, saving operators thousands of dollars through the life of the bus.

But the latest Forest CB80 includes some new improvements, based on feedback from NSW operators. Custom have received great feedback from NSW customers like Redbus, Port Stephens, State Transit, Blue Mountains, Busways to name a few, who already operate CB80s. The feedback then gets processed through the engineering team to make the CB80 a better product through a continuous improvement process.

The Forest CB80 reflects these improvements. The three latest features are:

Lighter frame – saving weight, saving fuel.

Simpler electrical system – saving cost, less components, separated chassis & body electrics for ease of diagnosis.

Improved material for front & rear corners & bumpers – a more impact resistant material has been introduced to further reduce down time for operators.

“The CB80 is a very good product, but is even better now”, Norm added.