Endeavour for Premier Illawarra marks the final Custom Denning/Mercedes-Benz bus

July 17, 2023

The recent completion of 2x Mercedes-Benz O500 LE E6 buses with Custom Denning Endeavour route service bodies for Premier Illawarra signifies the conclusion of the Mercedes-Benz and Custom body combination-built buses.

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz announced that they will be pausing their operations and the sales of new bus and coach products in the Australian market.

The final Custom Denning body constructed on a Mercedes-Benz O500 LE E6 chassis was recently completed and delivered to the Huntingwood dealership for pre-delivery inspection (PDi) preparations. This purchase was part of a group order that saw a mix of chassis and Custom Denning body combinations.

The partnership between Custom Denning (formerly known as Custom Bus) and Mercedes-Benz has spanned almost 50 years, with some of the early Mercedes/Custom combined products delivered to customers such as Westbus, Busways, STA (State Transit Authority), Quodling’s Coaches Canberra, and Singleton coaches.

Custom and Mercedes-Benz O302 for Quodling Coaches Canberra (Courtesy of Tony Finneran)

Custom and Mercedes-Benz O302 for Singleton Bus Service (Courtesy of Tony Finneran)

Although the Mercedes-Benz chassis era has come to a close, Custom Denning continues its partnership with Premier Motors Illawarra, with further production of the Endeavour model buses utilising various chassis types currently being manufactured or close to commencing.

Custom Denning reflecting on the many years of collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, have thank them for their partnership, collaboration and the many friendships they have formed over the years.