Gillig Spirit

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Gillig Spirit
Gillig Spirit
Spirit Front View
Years of manufacture 1989 to 1991
Length 28 feet
Width 96 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel
Torrance Transit Gillig Spirit Unknown Fleet No.-b.jpg
Spirit Rear View

The Gillig Spirit was a transit bus available in the United States and built in Hillsboro, Texas. It was offered as a low-cost alternative to the Gillig Phantom. However, it was not very successful. It was introduced in 1989 and was discontinued in 1991. Less than 250 units were built.

Specifications

Photo Gallery

Operators

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Original Operators

Second-Hand Operators

Demonstrator/Engineering Units

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1989 15G_E041_K2090001 Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Engineering & Test Bus
  • Originally sported a single plug front door, but was later retrofitted with double plug front doors
  • Sold to Transportation & Research Center (Columbus, OH).
  • Eventually bought by Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority as a parts bus; spotted circa August 1993.[1]
1989 15G_E041_K2090002 Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643 Crash Test & Durability vehicle
1989 15GFE0412K2090007 Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Demonstrator
  • Sold to Unitrans became #?.
1990 15GCE0418L2090050 Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643

Privately Owned Units

Thumbnail Build
Date
VIN Engine Transmission Notes
1990 15GCE041XL2090048 Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
Torrance Transit Gillig Spirit Unknown Fleet No.-c.jpg 1990 ? Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
1990 ? Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Ex-?
  • Converted into a party bus by a private owner. It was listed on ebay in Staunton, IL in April 2016.[6]
1990-1991 ? Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Ex-?
  • Bought by a private owner for an RV conversion project in the late 1990's.
  • Bought by a 2nd private owner in Chelan, WA circa 2018.[7][8]
1990-1991 ? Caterpillar 3208T Allison MTB-643
  • Ex-? (operated in Los Angeles County, CA).
  • Bought by a real estate developer in Independence, OR in 2005 with plans about donating it for use of creating a transit system that would shuttle residents between Monmouth & Independence, OR.[9]
  • The later future of the bus and transit system remains unknown.

Externals

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