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1963 GMC TDH 5303 'New Look'

1963 GMC TDH 5303 in A Thousand Clowns, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Bus, Single-deck — Model origin: US

1963 GMC TDH 5303 'New Look'

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


Ddey65 US

2011-11-06 19:05


The fleet number is 3701, but it's a wide bus so the grille insignia reads GM rathern than "GMC."

ShortCappy US

2011-11-08 01:33


Based on the info you provided, this former New York City Transit bus is a 1963 GMC TDH-5303 New Look, according to OMOT (ordered under "City of New York").

Ddey65 US

2011-11-08 22:36


I didn't think the TDH 5303's came in 102" wide models.

UPDATE: More details
[Image: AThousandClownsGMNewLook-2.jpg][Image: AThousandClownsGMNewLook-3.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2012-02-16 16:43:29

Mr. TDM 4512 US

2012-08-10 22:01


A few pointers on determining the widths of GM Transit buses both of Old and New Look design;

Beginning with the 1949 TDH 5102 (a single bus built for Fifth Avenue Coach and a replica of the New York City 5101's of 1948) all buses of 96 inches in width had model designations ending in an even number and, of course, an odd number for 102 inch wides (the exception to this rule were the 45 passenger New Looks which seemed to have gone in reverse!).

In the Old Look design, the easiest way to tell a 102 inch width was a six inch wider gap between the two rear windows behind the five passenger lounge seat.

In the New Look design, there was a space of three inches between the small floor vent just to the left of the right set of headlamps and the 'GM' or 'GMC' badge on the 102 jobs and no such extra space in the 96 inch models.

As far as the difference between a 'GM' and 'GMC' under windshield badge on New Looks;

It had nothing to do with width - it was changed from GM to GMC in the production of the 'third generation' of the model in 1968.

Mr. Linsky - Green Bus Lines, Inc., Jamaica, New York

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