Silverstone Auctions

One special lot at Silverstone Auction's upcoming sale could be just the ticket for one lucky bidder.

A 1962 Leyland Routemaster bus is all set to go under the hammer next month with an estimate of £20,000 to £28,000.

Despite it being 51 years old, this Routemaster has been lovingly cared for and is offered in tip-top condition. More recently it has been used for the occasional summer trip and historic vehicle displays.

Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: "This 1962 Routemaster is a great example of a great bus, serving Londoners, visitors and tourists for many decades.

"For most people it remains the best ever London bus and is still recognised throughout the world, so not surprisingly we expect an enormous amount of interest in this vehicle from all parts of the globe."

The Routemaster was designed specifically for London by Associated Equipment Company (AEC) and Park Royal Vehicles in 1954.

In 1958 they hit the streets of London, and their lightweight design meant fuel consumption figures were better than many of the vehicles that replaced it, while power steering and an automatic gearbox eased driving.

In 2005 they were withdrawn and replaced by "bendy buses", however, Routemasters can still be seen in central London thanks to two heritage routes.

The 1962 Routemaster on offer will be at the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale at Stoneleigh on February 23, 2013.

"The Race Retro Sale focuses on classic and race cars but we're also delighted to have a few other lots, such as this Routemaster, adding to the appeal. It might not be as fast or as sleek as some of the cars on offer, but it provides just as much fun and a great investment opportunity," added Whale.