Setra S12 Starline/Brekina

Kässbohrer Setra S12

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Kässbohrer Setra S12 coach

Sold in a rather small cardboard case, containing a two-part thermoformed shell, much less bulky than the older rigid plastic boxes.

The mirrors are mounted, and are well protected in the packaging. Their support is too thick. A realization in photoetching would have been welcome.

The wheels seem a little too big.

The many windows are pretty well fitted (except on some windows to the rear, defect that I corrected after taking the photo), and the decoration is very fine. The interior is uniformly red. The floor should be painted dark grey. See this photo from the autocars­ website.Setra S12 coach, inside view

Black dashboard and steering wheel. See this photo from the same websiteAutocar Setra S12, vue du tableau de bord.

To repaint the interior, install passengers, or to simply remove some dust therein, the coach is disassembled by removing the rear bumpers, with caution because they are slightly glued. See photo.Autocar Setra S12 disassembled

The S12 is part of the range S9 to S12 manu­factured from 1959 to 1967 with aesthetic evolutions. These coaches presented a whole series of innovations compared to their competitors.

Characteristics: Henschel 6-cylinder 140 to 170 hp rear-mounted engine; total weight 12.5 t; empty weight 8 t; length 11.12 m; pneumatic suspension; maximum speed 100 km/h; around 49 seats.

NB: Kässbohrer is better known as Setra, which in fact is the contraction of selbsttra­gend which means free-standing, as opposed to other buses of the time that were designed with a body mounted on a chassis.


Setra S12 Starline/BrekinaSetra S12 Starline/Brekina

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Kässbohrer Setra S12

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