Cecil Harper founded the Staffordshire bus firm Harper Brothers of Heath Hayes in 1922. The company was acquired by Midland Red in 1974. The acquisition at the time included 50 vehicles, one of which has been restored and saved at the Wythall BaMMoT Museum where it is seen in June 2013. Once a keen operator of London RTs, in its later years Harpers had standardised on Leyland Titans which looked a little incongrouos in NBC red. This is former 27 (HBF679D), a PD2A/27 with MCW Orion body which has been with the Museum since 1997.