A ‘50s era GMC Scenicruiser (PD-4501-743) that once saw service with Greyhound Lines on California’s golden coast has been put up for sale on an internet automotive forum with an asking price of $49,900. Manufactured in 1956 by the GMC Truck & Coach division, the 40-foot-long split-level coach -- which sports the classic Greyhound livery -- was converted into a motorhome in 2012.
With an array of modern appliances -- from a washer, dryer and side by side refrigerator to a dishwasher and a combination gas-electric stove & oven -- the remodelled coach would be a perfect match for a fulltime RVing couple with a penchant for design icons.
The Scenicruiser debuted in Pontiac, Michigan in July 1954 and deliveries began in August the same year with the last bus rolling off the production line in June 1956. The majority of these distinctive bi-level coaches stayed in service on Greyhound’s long haul routes until 1967 when the company began to sell the Scenicruisers to other bus operators.
A number of units have subsequently filtered through to private buyers for renovation (see Roy Hall’s original restoration of PD-4501-083), conversion into motorhomes (like Pat McNeal’s PD-4501-516) or for refitting as corporate promotional vehicles as evidenced by the stunning Red Bull Scenicruiser conversion undertaken by Santa Ana-based Premier Coach.
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