Grumman Flxible 870

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Grumman Flxible 870
870
Grumman Flxible - 870
Years of manufacture 1978 to 1983
Length 35 or 40 feet
Width 96 or 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel

The Grumman Flxible 870 was a high floor transit bus produced in the United States. Production lasted until 1983, when Grumman sold Flxible to General Automotive Coporation, after which the 870 became the Flxible Metro.

The 870 featured contemporary angular styling with large, tinted flush-mounted passenger windows with sliding windows as an option. Aluminum side panels were attached with hidden fasteners. Developed by Rohr Industries, the 870 was one of two so-called Advanced Design Buses. It was designed to be light weight, comfortable, and accessible to the elderly and disabled. These were goals of the Urban Mass Transit Administration's Transbus research project, in which Rohr was a participant. However, the Transbus designs never entered production.

Contents

Models

Beginning in April 1980, the first two digits were changed to represent the length of the bus (ie 35096-8-1 or 40102-6-1).

Model number Length
(feet, inches)
Width
(inches)
Engine
45096-6-1 35' 96" 6 cylinder
45096-8-1 35' 96" 8 cylinder
45102-6-1 35' 102" 6 cylinder
45102-8-1 35' 102" 8 cylinder
53096-6-1 40' 96" 6 cylinder
53096-8-1 40' 96" 8 cylinder
53102-6-1 40' 102" 6 cylinder
53102-8-1 40' 102" 8 cylinder

Specifications

Engine

Transmission

Operators

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Demonstrator/engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1-3 ? 90001-90003 Transbus prototypes
? ? 90004 Prototype "Metro"
? ? 90005 Prototype "High Value Bus"
? ? 90006 870 prototype - 29 inch floor height
? ? 90007 870 prototype - 34 inch floor height
? 1978 90288 Cummins
  • 53102 demo.
  • Built to MARTA specs.
? 1979 90911
  • 53096-8-1 demo.
  • Built to Tidewater RTA specs.
100 1979 91179
  • 53102-8-1 demo.
  • New York City Transit Authority demo.
? 1981 BD093121 40102-6 plywood floor demo.
? 1982 CD094607
  • 40102-6T demo.
  • Sold to Colonial Williamsburg B-3.

Preserved units

Year Thumbnail Serial Original Owner Fleet Number Current Owner
1980 NYCTA/NJ Transit 401/1596 New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center.
1981 NJ Transit 1128 New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center.
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