The Berliet made 6x6 model, GBC 8 was already a time-tested model to operate in the difficult Sahara desert region. Scientists and explorers had earlier used this model (nicknamed Gazelle) testing them under different dusty conditions and terrain. Though there were different versions made for the civilian and the military, few custom made trucks were produced for companies that operated in the hostile condition, in Algeria.
In the sixties, oil producing firms were already operating in the desert city of Hassi Massouad. A firm that operated a refinery there was S.N. REPAL, who had been using modified Dodge trucks for their personnel and were seeking something more modern.
Work was therefore entrusted to a specialist truck & bus coachbuilding French firm Faurax Et Chaussende. They made the chassis of the bus completely independent from the body by fixing specially made fasteners with rubber studs that were detachable. Since air-conditioning was not provided, insulation from desert heat was provided with specially made insulated body panels. To protect further, the top roof was coated specially made white-colour paint that directed the heat outwards.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||10 x 5.5 x 3|
|Color||Beige / White|