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Gillig Phantom School Bus
Gillig Phantom School Bus LAUSD.jpg
Manufacturer Gillig Corporation
Production start 1986
Production end 1993
Assembly Hayward, CA California
Predecessor Gillig Transit Coach school bus
Class Type D
Body style(s) School Bus
Layout rear-engine 4x2
Platform Gillig
Engine(s) Caterpillar 3208
Detroit Diesel 6V92
Length 37-40 feet
Width 96 inches
Related Gillig Phantom

The school bus version of the Gillig Phantom, referred to as the Gillig Phantom School Bus, was introduced in 1986. Production ended after 1993, after none had been sold in in 1991 or 1992.

This model was produced only in the 96" body width (standard for all school buses), and was available in 37 feet (78 passenger) and 40 feet (84 passenger) lengths. Two engines were available: the Caterpillar 3208 (until 1990) and Detroit Diesel 6V92, the latter of which was the sole engine for the last few Phantom Schoolcoaches produced for 1993. A kneeling device was an option, rare for a school bus.


The Phantom School Bus had these modifications over the transit version of the Phantom:

  • The left-side windshield glass was mounted vertically instead of being sloped inward.
  • The curb-side entry door was narrower since the stairwell did not need to accommodate a wheelchair lift.
  • A rear exit window and left-side emergency exit door were added.
  • Dual headlights were fitted instead of quad headlights.
  • Red warning lamps were fitted (amber lamps fitted for Phantoms sold outside of California)
  • Larger sideview mirrors were fitted along with cross-view mirrors to meet regulations for school buses.

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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