Malta's Bus Body Builders

Index Page Listing All Known Builders Of Maltese Bus Bodies

PLEASE NOTE - All the information below is still provisional. Most of the data as to who bodied which bus comes from the official vehicle files. Whilst post-WW2 "Initial Exam Forms" normally included details of who built (or rebuilt) a particular bus body, pre-WW2 these forms are rare, and the only source of data in the files are letters between the vehicle owner and the authorities that sometimes include mention of who is bodying the new bus. There are many gaps in the information below - there may even be individuals are are not mentioned at all. Entries will be updated as more data becomes available through ongoing research. If you can help fill in any gaps please get in touch.

Full Name

Frank Aquilina
Carmel Azzopardi
Francis Azzopardi
Salvatore Azzopardi
Carmelo Barbara
Michael Barbara
Anthony Bonavia
Paolo Bonavia
Joseph Bonnici
-?- Borg
-?- Borg
Carmel Borg
George Borg
J Borg
John Borg
Spiro Borg
Joseph Brincat
British Motor Company
Anthony Camenzuli
Lewis Camenzuli
Louis Caruana
Lawrence Casha
Victor Ciantar
Daina Motor Bus Co. 
A. Damarin
Michael Debono
-?- Farrugia
John Farrugia
-?- Galea
Garden of Eden Garage
Emanuel Gatt
Emanuel Gauci
Michael Gauci
Spiro Gauci
Joseph Grech
-?- Grixti
Grixti Brothers
P. Grixti
Carmel Mallia
Gaetano Mallia
Mamo Brothers
Alfred Mercieca
J Micallef
Joseph Micallef
-?- Mifsud
Gerald Mifsud
Giuseppe Portelli
Carmello Sammut
Salvatore Sant
Joseph Scerri
John Scerri
George Schembri
-?- Sciberras
Joe Slymar
Angelo Spiteri
Spiteri Brothers
Joseph Sultana
Louis Sultana
Salvatore Tonna
Giuseppe Vella
John Vella / Vella Brothers
-?- Viena
Joseph Xeureb 
Andrea Zammit
Gaetano Zammit
Joseph Zammit
Where based

27 Carradino Street, Paola
Mosta
Victoria

Rabat
86 New Street, Luqa
Rabat
Fleur-des-Lys, Birkirkara

Sliema

Hamrun
Birkirkara
Qormi
Santa Venera
41 Annunciation Street, Tarxien
92A Dockyard Street, Paola
363 Rue d'Argens, Gzira
Hamrun
1-2 Cross Road, Marsa
School Street, Tarxien
32 St Anthony Street, Marsa
Halwarda Street, Attard
156 Old College Street, Sliema

Notabile Road, Zebbug
Qormi
St Clement Street, Zejtun
Rabat
Zejtun
246 Rue d'Argens, Gzira
132 Busketto Road, Rabat
High Street, Qormi
Tarxien
Tarxien

31 Camenzuli Street, Sliema
Red Wheel Garage, Gzira
Strada Palma, Paola
28 Paris Street, Hamrun
Msida
Paola
Msida
Shepherds' Street, Rabat
Gzira
Constitution Street, Mosta
35 Inquonez Street, Rabat
150 Constitution Street, Mosta

32-34 St Georges Street, Hamrun
16 Strada Barone, Zabbar
School Street, Tarxien
Mqabba
Zabbar
Zejtun
Tarxien Road, Luqa
138 Sliema Wharf, Gzira
Gzira
Rabat
Hamrun
Balbi Street, Marsa
Zurrieq
12 Parish Street, Mqabba
16 Vincent Bugeja Street, Hamrun
16 Vincent Bugeja Street, Hamrun
16 Vincent Bugeja Street, Hamrun
Dates Active

1920s-1975
1952
1949
1935
1934-1948
1932-1973
1947-1949
1933
1950
1966
1948
1947
1953
1953
1947-1953
1947-1955
1930-1980
1933-1955
1948
1949
1954-1979
1938-1970
1963-1984
1967-1979
1946
1953-1977
1965
1961-1967
1947

1947
1950-1966
1948

1979
1930
1934-1937
1935-1938
1934-1948
1947-1950
1934

1920s
1953

1966-1978
1934-1949
1947-1961
1954
1932-1954
1935
1946-1976

1977
1970-1978
1977-1983
1949
1947-1950
1948
1931
1929-1978
1952
1946-1954
1936-1937
1952-1953
1960-1966
Number Built

240
1
1
1
7
95
5
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
14
66
55
1
1
2
21
7
3
1
50
1
6
1
1
1
8
2
1
1
1
5
2
15
5
2
2
1
1
1
2
9
35
1
15
1
18
1
1
2
2
1
5
1
1
21
1
6
2
2
3
Notes

Possibly as many as 300

Gozo based !!  Owner-built

(post war pair might be Michael Barbara ?)




details unknown



Owner-built


at 86 Luqa Road, Paola until c.1964
Ford Dealer / Joseph Gasan - inc. Wayne body kits







formerly at 24 St Rocco Street





also known as "Marinton"






Temple Street, Tarxien in 1934 ; 169 Dockyard Street in 1947/1948

Bedford Dealer


Shepherds' Street was near Virtu Road. Joseph was also known as "Patutti"

based at Paramount Garage

also quoted as 79 Constitution Street
Owner-built
also listed at Farson's Street, Hamrun in 1932
Owner-built









also known as "Flaska" - also recorded at 41 Timber Wharf, Marsa

also listed as St Catherine Street, Mqabba
Can you help fill in any gaps in the above table ? Was one of these craftsmen an ancestor of yours ? Do you have any records, family photographs or other items about any of the body builders ? Photographs of buses actually being bodied are quite rare. If you can help in any way, please get in touch via the "contact us" button to the right. 
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