Because of her six expansive multi-angled side windows that gave a wide view of the outside (akin to an aquarium) these General Motors (GM) buses (Model TDH 5301, which stood for T = Transit Bus Model, D = Diesel, H = Hydraulic Transmission, 53 = 53 passenger capacity, 01 = serial production number) were nick-named Fishbowl.
Another name that these new-gen buses acquired was ‘New Look’ as these buses were devoid of any wooden flooring, riveted aluminium body, etc. which was present in the earlier designed buses.
The bus had quad headlamps that were housed inside an oval shaped fixture giving it a signature look. The bus was powered by Detroit Diesel 71 series engines. Over 45,000 of these buses were made and sold in USA and Canada (11,000 units were sold) until 1979.
This scale model in metal and scale 1:43 is an exact rendition of the bus that was run by a subsidiary unit of the New York City Transit Authority called MaBSTOA (Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority).
A rare bus collectible.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13.5 x 3.5 x 5|
|Color||Green / Silver|