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Iron Lady's "battle bus' sells at auction

The armoured bus Photo: JP Humbert

An armour-plated bus believed to have been used by "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher has sold for nearly £17,000 by the Northamptonshire based JP Humbert Auction house.

The 28-tonne "battle bus" is thought to have been built in the 1980s for the former prime minister's Northern Ireland tour.

When the vehicle went under the hammer it exceeded the estimated £10,000 selling price and sold for £16,940.

The bus, which has just 28,000km (17,398 miles) on the clock, has a blast-proof floor and armour-plated glass throughout, as well as a bomb-proof armour-plated body, Mr Humbert said.

It was thought to be chemical, biological and nuclear-proof - once having its own auxiliary generator and air supply. It's powered by a 12-litre Rolls-Royce engine.

The bus, which has room for around 35 passengers, had come from a private vendor who bought it from a research and development company which in turn bought it from the government.

It's been bought by a vehicle collector.