Gillig Phantom

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Gillig Phantom
Gillig Phantom
Phantom (single-headlight, 96"/40')
Years of manufacture 1980 to 2008
Length 29 to 40 feet
Width 96 or 102 inches
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Phantom (dual-headlight)
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Phantom Rear View
Gillig Phantom school bus
Phantom School Bus

The Gillig Phantom was a transit bus available in the United States and built in Hayward, California. With the exception of a small number of buses built in a thee-year joint venture with Neoplan from 1977 to 1979, the Phantom was Gillig's first transit bus. The Gillig Phantom was discontinued in September 2008 in favor of its Low Floor product line, with the final order being placed that year by Sound Transit.

After the joint venturing with Neoplan ended, Gillig designed their own bus. Initially launched in a 35-foot length and 96-inch width, Gillig targeted small private operators and transit agencies and was able to compete with the popular RTS, the Orion V and other high-floor buses that were available at the same time. Lengths of 30 feet and 40 feet were soon offered, in addition to a 102-inch width three years into production.

As an alternative to diesel, the Phantom was made available with natural gas engines in 1992. In 1996, Gillig built their first diesel-electric hybrid bus. It used a series hybrid configuration. Gillig would later offer a parallel hybrid system from Allison.

The exterior of the Phantom would change little over the course of production. 1981 to 1983 models had a different HVAC hood along with rectangular tail lights. Most Phantoms were built with dual headlights while some, in particular for Foothill Transit, had single headlights.

A school bus version of the Phantom was produced from 1986 to 1993.


Demonstrator Units

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1980 5371 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
  • Prototype #1 (35T96T6V92)
  • Destroyed in January 1981.
1980 5296 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
3/1981 80052 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
1982 80123 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 253 hp Allison HT-740
1982 C1080149 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
1983 D1080574 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
1985 E1081073 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1986 G1081477 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
1987 H1081778 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748
1987 H1081924 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 40102TB6V92 demonstrator
6/1988 15GCD0913J1082422 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
1992 15GCD0913N1084578 Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • 40102TB6V92TAC Altoona test bus; tested from July 1992 to November 1992.
  • To Valley Metro 3010.
6513 1992 15GCD2010N1084613 Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • 40102TBS50 Altoona test bus; tested from November 1992 to April 1993.
  • To Valley Coach/Arizona State University ASU-3.
12/1994 15GGD201085190[1] ? ?
  • C20D1-2N4 APTA/Golden Gate Transit Electric test bus demo.[1]
  • Spotted at Complete Coach Works in Los Angeles, CA in October 2010.[2] It was likely parted out & scrapped afterwards.
  • Its VIN and model number are non-standard.
5770 2005 ? Cummins ISB GM-Allison EP40
hybrid system
C19D102N4 GM-Allison hybrid demo; tested at NYCMTA in Manhattan and the Bronx in 2005.



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Preserved Coaches

Year Thumbnail VIN Original Owner Fleet Number Current Owner
1983 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 2098-a.jpg D1080292 AC Transit 2098 Private owner
4/1983 D1080453 Kitsap Transit 806 Private owner
1984 ? Lane Transit District 8xx Private owner
5/2/1990 15GCD0918L1083360 Sacramento Regional Transit District 9045 Sacramento Regional Transit District
1990 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 2601-a.jpg 15GCD0910L1083661 AC Transit 2601 Private owner
1991 Roanoke Valley Metro 436-a.jpg M1084298 Valley Metro (Roanoke) 436 Commonwealth Coach & Trolley of Roanoke
12/11/1991 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District 2738-a.jpg 15GCA0915N1083859 AC Transit 2738 Pacific Bus Museum
12/21/1992 Island Transit 108-a.jpg 15GCB0911N1084732 Island Transit (WA) 108 Private owner
1993 15GCD0919P1084684 AC Transit 2835 Private owner
1993 15GCD0918P1084689 AC Transit 2840 San Francisco MUNI
5/25/1994 15GCB2014R1085355 Fairfield-Suisun Transit 641 Private Owner
1996 n/a Foothill Transit F1045 Foothill Transit
9/21/1998 San Mateo County Transit District 643-a.jpg 15GCD2114W1088812 SamTrans 643 Private owner
9/25/1998 San Mateo County Transit District 649-a.jpg 15GCD2115W1088818 SamTrans 649 Private owner
1999 ? Clallam Transit 596 Private owner
1999 ? Clallam Transit 597 Private owner


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