The Volvo Olympian followed on from the Leyland Olympian when Volvo took over the ailing British company. The Olympian was a good bus, and Volvo recognised that it would fulfill a need until such time as the low-floor revolution came along. It was a stop-gap. Good though!
Many of the London companies took them, with a variety of bodywork, by Alexander and Northern Counties mainly, with one or two doorways, standard length or stretched, full height or reduced, in a range of colours.
They did not last very long in London - not because they were not appropriate, but because tendering in London required low-floor buses while they were still young. Many moved into training and contract work, while hordes fled to other companies around the country.
Bus Stop Volvo Olympians London United AV