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Canadian New Look GMC's in New York
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Canadian New Look GMC's in New York Reply with quote

All:

Just reading about American companies purchasing Canadian New Looks post-1977; I know that some went to New York (I know QUEENS TRANSIT rostered some)

Did any go to the MTA (MABSTOA)?

What about any other NYC-area carriers?

Appreciate any input....thanks in advance....

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New York Bus Service had ordered them through 1982. Jamaica Bus, Triboro Coach and Green Bus Lines had them as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GBL Rebel wrote:
New York Bus Service had ordered them through 1982. Jamaica Bus, Triboro Coach and Green Bus Lines had them as well.


Thanks! Wink

Back in the day, I am sure I saw these Canadian coaches and had no idea whatsoever that they were actually "non domestic"!

When domestic New Look production ended in 1977, many US operators who were loyal to GM now looked to Canada to purchase New Looks.

Given the solid reputation earned by New Looks throughout the years, this is hardly surprising.......

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the article in 'Wiki', the New Looks production continued on in Canada until 1982. Then they came out with the 'Classic' which was just a modernized New Look. These were produced by the successor companies to GM all the way up to 1997...indeed during Nova's stewardship of the line, they even assembled some in Niskayuna, NY, for US customer's in '95 and '96....

So in a sense the New Looks were in production in one form or another from 1959 until 1997....a remarkable legacy....
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver wrote:
According to the article in 'Wiki', the New Looks production continued on in Canada until 1982. Then they came out with the 'Classic' which was just a modernized New Look. These were produced by the successor companies to GM all the way up to 1997...indeed during Nova's stewardship of the line, they even assembled some in Niskayuna, NY, for US customer's in '95 and '96....

So in a sense the New Looks were in production in one form or another from 1959 until 1997....a remarkable legacy....


traildriver:

I would have LOVED to have seen an articulated New Look with the original 1959/1960-era "nose".......WOW!!!!!!!!! Shocked Shocked

GM's New Look was indeed a true American Success Story......like the earlier Old Looks, the stylish and modernistic New Look truly became a "classic American b us".......they seemed to be everywhere, starting in the 60's and through the 80's and into the 90's.

"GM's New Look Bus" (McKane/Squier) is indeed, IMHO, the BEST publication out their on the New Looks.

Like the timeless VW "Beetle", the GM New Looks seemed to be virtually unchanged throughout the decades, but there was so many innovations, updates, and styling changes through the years that make reading about these now-classic buses so intriguing

Man, can't believe it is now 20 years since I last one....I miss them still.....

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make my way up to NYC every December to ride the classic New Looks on 42nd St. It's great fun for a day.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Roth wrote:
I make my way up to NYC every December to ride the classic New Looks on 42nd St. It's great fun for a day.

John Roth


John:

You are indeed a man with EXCEPTIONAL taste!!!!! Wink

The last GM New Look I rode was back in 1997; this now-classic coach was an ex-Cleveland unit, repainted and renumbered #B-118, and ran on the old NHBL #1, between Journal Square and Nungessers.

Man, what a great commute home! (I used the PATH tubes to reach JSQ)

Those buses were built like TANKS and indeed gave good, solid, reliable service ever since they debuted so many decades ago.

(no wonder I treasure the vintage toy and scale model New Looks that I have in my collection today!) Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just came across this interesting page (great New Look photos and much trivia!)........

http://transit.toronto.on.ca/bus/8523.shtml

(courtesy: Transit Toronto)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See also........

http://barp.ca/preserved/newlook.html
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw one parked at Academy's Secaucus garage yesterday...if I go by there again, I'll try to get a photo of it...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Sure hope you can snap a pic showing this Classic All American Workhorse! Wink

What was the bus doing there?

Sure hope to see this old relic! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bi-State Transit in St. Louis (now MetroBus) was a big purchaser of Canadian new looks buying their first batch in 1978. One of the unusual features was the elimination of the half-moon window behind the front door. Santa Monica was another transit company purchasing Canadian new looks sans the half-moon window.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE PIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wink

Appreciate you sharing it here......man, do I miss New (and Old) Looks!! Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B' Way & 35th, 1982........

http://bus.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1481

(courtesy: bus.nycsubway.org)
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All:

Not surprising in the least that some American companies chose to buy Canadian New Looks when American production ceased.

Since the earliest New Looks hit the streets in 1959 (almost 60 years ago!!) these buses have more than proven themselves as true workhorses, bucking just about anything you could throw in their paths.

IMHO, both the Old Look and New Look were the BEST American transit buses ever to hit the streets........where have all the years gone......?? Rolling Eyes

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