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Rapido is excited to unveil its first 1:76 Scale model bus, the Birmingham City Transport (BCT) ‘New Look’ Guy Arab IV.
With the word “FORWARD” emblazoned beneath its coat of arms, the city of Birmingham has been the industrial and technological hub of the United Kingdom. Reflecting its home at the forefront of industrial development, the adoption of concealed radiators by BCT really made the industry sit up and take notice.
Under development from 1948 and delivered from 1950, the New Look buses gained their nickname from fashion designer Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ dresses of the late 1940s. The BCT New Look had a radical impact on bus development in the 1950s, with variations of the New Look front appearing all over the country in subsequent years.
Rapido’s Birmingham New Look Bus model is a Guy Arab IV with Metro-Cammell body, one of 200 buses delivered between 1952 and 1954 (JOJ 901-999, LOG 300 and MOF 3-102). These iconic buses featured one-piece body construction, a seating capacity of 55 (30 upper and 25 lower), and a tough Gardner 6LW engine. They were rugged and loud, growling through the streets of Birmingham for an entire generation.
The 1:76 Birmingham New Look Bus will feature:
The RRP is £39.95 (standard) or £49.95 (deluxe).