Dennis Specialist Vehicles
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coachbuilder and manufacturer of specialised commercial vehicles based in Guildford
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. The company is now best known as the manufacturer of fire engines
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, although its other major product lines are bus
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es, dustcarts and airport service vehicles.
Originally known as Dennis Brothers Ltd, the company was founded in 1895 by John (1871–1939) and Raymond (1878–1939) Dennis who made bicycles which they sold from their shop, the Universal Athletic Stores, in Guildford.