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001101 - Guy Arab MkV/Metal Sections
China Motor Bus
Photograph courtesy of Jotus Model Depot
 
The model - this new casting from ABC Models was released in Hong Kong on 6th April, 2001. One of ABC's best castings.

The bus - to cater for the ever-increasing number of passengers, CMB ordered, in 1963, ten Guy Arab V single-deck buses, featuring only 29 seats, but with a standing capacity of 50!  The first standee bus?

They were 35ft 9in in length, having a 22ft wheelbase and rear overhang of over 10ft. This long low appearance gave them the nickname "The Long Dragons".    Their introduction was delayed owing to the Government having concerns over their size and manoeuvrability, and their initial refusal to grant a licence for the prototype, however, undeterred, CMB ordered a further ten such vehicles!

The first batch of ten were delivered between July and September 1965, whilst AC 4788 was one of the second batch, delivered between March and June 1966. A further twenty vehicles were delivered between December 1966 and September 1967, making a total of forty vehicles.

Owing to structural problems, CMB later carried out modifications, which included adding new body strengthening pillars just behind the front axle and behind the central doorway.

In 1971, CMB embarked on a programme to rebody these vehicles as double-deck buses, but with a reduced length of 31ft. The first five vehicles to be rebodied received CMB's own locally built bodies, however, owing to the slow progress with these bodies, the next eighteen chassis received second hand bodies from the UK. Fifteen received BAC (British Aluminium Company) bodies, whilst the final two, earmarked to have similar bodies, received Wong Chow bodies after their intended bodies had already been used on other chassis!

By 1976, the eighteen vehicles that had received second hand bodies had deteriorated such that it was decided to rebody these for a second time, these receiving Wong Chow bodies.

As part of a further rebodying programme in 1979, nineteen of the Long Dragons received Alexander body kits, similar to those fitted to the Victory, but, of course, still as a half cab.

The above information is extracted from Mike Davis's excellent book 'Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus - 65 years'.

 
 Manufacturer of model  ABC Models
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab MkV
 Prototype bodywork  Metal Sections
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  -
 Registration number  AC 4788
 Route number  8
 Destination  Wan Chai Ferry
 Quantity (total)  1,000
 
Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
1,000
?
 Date released
 6th April 2001
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Photograph courtesy of Jotus Model Depot

 
Photographs courtesy of Jotus Model Depot
 

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