Vehicles, be a truck or a bus that ply in the mountainous regions not only need to be sturdy and rugged, but also should be easy to be maintained. Only few models become popular in such regions.
In the mountain regions of South America namely Chile, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador, buses that are used for transportation are called “chiva” which in Spanish means a goat.
These buses are basically built on truck chassis and the body made from wood. Fitted with basic seats and seat handles, these buses also have storage space below the seats. At the rear, sometimes a ladder is provided up to the roof to keep livestock (chicken, lamb, etc,) and other belongings of passengers. On the outside, the body is painted with bright splashes of colours having various symbols and motifs. And extensive and elaborate art work on such buses means paying a premium to the coachbuilder.
First introduced in the Colombian region of Medellin in the 1930s, the buses soon caught the imagination of the public in the South American region. The first generation Ford F600 model was one of the first models to be used.
This scale model in metal is an exact replica of the buses seen in Colombia.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||10 x 3 x 4.5|
|Color||Red / Yellow|