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  • DESIGN & INNOVATION

    Die-Cast Legends of the Past

    日本語

Once kings of the road, this collection of bygone-era coaches continues to inspire.

Famed furniture and industrial designer, Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” And pouring over the timeless lines of these 1950-60’s-era coach buses, it’s impossible not to appreciate the design and remarkable attention to detail FUSO is synonymous with.

On display in the lobby of the New Product Center at FUSO’s Kawasaki facility, these three die-cast models were meticulously handcrafted in an era before the use of 3D technology was available.

Measuring approximately 90cm in length each, the models were originally produced from technical drawings based on hand sketches–a process that remains largely the same today. However, now the 3D data that forms the basis of drawings and the production of models are increasingly mechanized.

Mitsubishi Fuso B906R: JR Tomei Highway Bus (1969)

Following the completion of the Tomei Highway in 1969, Japan National Railroad called for a brand new concept for long-distance bus or “Highway Bus”. With outstanding performance that met the strict demands of JNR, more B906R buses were adopted than any other buses.

Mitsubishi Fuso AR470 (1960)

Produced in early 1960s, AR stems from the use of Air suspension and the coaches’ Rear-mounted engine. Rising demand for larger sightseeing buses resulted in a seating capacity of 49 passengers and maximum output of 165PS.

In 2007, the models were restored and repaired in order to preserve them for future generations. The R32 model was planned to be repainted however upon discover of the beautiful patina below, the model was left in bare metal as it is today.

Mitsubishi Fuso R32 (1956)

600 units produced for the Republic of Chile