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AS1001B - Guy Arab Mk V/Metal Sections
China Motor Bus

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Photograph courtesy of Shek O
 
The model - the second Guy Arab from Asianbus features China Motor Bus S10, a short wheelbase Guy Arab Mk V, but in a faded and matted version of the blue livery. This model first appeared in the UK through Allsorts, but has since been released in Hong Kong.

The bus - this vehicle was delivered new to CMB in March 1965 as a single-decker, but later converted to a double-decker.

 
 Manufacturer of model  AsianBus
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab Mk V
 Prototype bodywork  Metal Sections
 Prototype length  8 metre
 Fleet number  S10
 Registration number  AC 4717
 Route number  13
 Destination  Kotewall Road
 Quantity (total)  600
 
Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
?
?
 Date released
 February 2003
January 2003

 
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AS1001A on the left and AS1001B on the right

 
Photograph courtesy of Winston Lau

The above photograph shows S10, or AC4717, in later life. It's had it's headlamps and side indicators relocated, extra front indicators, short bumper, and the route boxes were painted over. By 1998, when this picture was taken, it had already been relegated to a spare vehicle in the service fleet after serving as a cash box bus since 1983.

Additional information is that the registration number was transferred to another service vehicle in 1998. The "new" AC4717 was originally CF4231, which itself was originally AC4780, a 1966 Guy Arab V double decker later re-bodied with an Alexander body kit and re-registered CF4231 in 1980.

For a few months in 1998 the "old", de-registered AC4717 was still seen in CMB's parking site while the "new" AC4717 was seen on the streets, and sometimes in the same parking site!
 

Photograph of LX290, formerly registered CF4231, but here seen in 1998 with registration no. AC4717
courtesy of Winston Lau

Thanks to Winston Lau for providing the above photographs and information.


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