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Gillig Phantom
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Manufacturer Gillig Corporation
Model year(s) 1980-2008
Assembly Hayward, CA
Predecessor Gillig-Neoplan
Gillig Transit Coach
Successor Gillig Low Floor
Body style(s) Transit bus
School bus
Engine(s) Diesel
Diesel-electric Hybrid
Liquified natural gas
Length 30'-40'
Width 96"-102"
Related Gillig Phantom School Bus

The Gillig Phantom was a transit bus produced by the Gillig Corporation in Hayward, CA. The Phantom was first introduced in late 1980 and, with the exception of a small number of buses built in a 3-year long joint venture with Neoplan from 1977 to 1979, was Gillig's first transit bus. The first Phantoms were 35 feet long and 96 inches wide, however 30 and 40-foot models were offered beginning in 1981, and 102-inch wide models became available in 1983. A liquefied natural gas fueled version was produced beginning in 1992, and was later discontinued. A diesel-electric hybrid powered version was produced beginning in 1996, but was discontinued in 2006. In its latter years of production only the 102-inch wide version was available due to stricter emissions and accessibility requirements. Production of the Phantom ended in 2008, and Gillig now only produces low-floor buses.


A 1998 Gillig Phantom operated by DASH services King Street station in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Phantom was originally equipped with either a Detroit Diesel 6V92TA or Cummins L-10 diesel engine, and was later available with either a Cummins ISB, ISC ISL, or ISM diesel engine. The Phantom was formerly available with the Detroit Diesel Series 50 engine from 1993 until 2004 when Detroit Diesel cut production of the Series 50 engine.

Engine Manufacturer Engine Model Years Available Notes
Caterpillar 3208
1986-1990 (3208)
2003-08 (C9)
3208 available almost exclusively in Phantom school buses. Only 57 transit buses, 30 feet long, were specified with this engine, all of which went to RideOn in Montgomery County, Rockville, Maryland, delivered in 1989.
Cummins L-10
C 8.3
1984-1994 (L10)
1997-2008 (ISB)
1993-1998 (C8.3)
1998.5-2003 (ISC)
2001-08 (ISL)
1994-98 (M11)
1999-2008 (ISM)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
Series 50
1980-1994 (6V92TA)
1993-2004 (Series 50)

Gillig Phantom School Bus

Gillig Phantom School Bus
Gillig Phantom school bus of Los Angeles (California) Unified School District
Manufacturer Gillig Corporation
Model year(s) 1986-1993
Assembly Hayward, CA
Predecessor Gillig Transit Coach school bus
Body style(s) School bus
Related Gillig Phantom

The school bus version of the Phantom was introduced in 1986. Much like its predecessor, the Transit Coach, the Phantom School Bus was marketed primarily for West Coast operators. Although initially well-received, sales dropped off and production ceased in 1993 (no Phantom School Buses were sold in 1991 or 1992).

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