General Motors PD-4501 Scenicruiser
|General Motors PD-4501 Scenicruiser|
|Years of manufacture||1954 to 1956|
The General Motors PD-4501 Scenicruiser was a 43 passenger Parlor series coach built from 1954 to 1956 in the United States. All 1000 were built exclusively for Greyhound. Power was provided by two Detroit Diesel 4-71 engines driving through a fluid coupling. This configuration proved to be unsuccessful and the 979 remaining buses were rebuilt with Detroit Diesel 8V71 engines and 4-speed manual Spicer transmissions during 1961 and 1962 by the Marmon-Herrington Corporation.
The PD-4501 Scenicruiser was the result of five years of effort based on a design by Raymond Loewy. Originally conceived of as a 35 foot bus, Greyhound used a tandem-axle, 40 foot prototype called the GX-2 to successfully lobby for the lifting of restrictions against operation of 40 foot buses.
Originally, the design prototype for the Scenicruiser was a double decker, with access from the first level; and the driver would look to the road from the second level. However, it was soon decided that it would be a split-level instead, with a lower level containing the driving console and 10 seats behind it, and the upper level containing 33 seats. This arrangement also allowed a baggage compartment underneath the second level, while providing 360-degree view for the upper level. A lavatory was located on the rear of the first level. The Scenicruiser was equipped with air-ride suspension and was air conditioned.
- Spicer Manual 4-speed
|Year||Thumbnail||Serial||Original Owner||Fleet Number||Current Owner|
|1954||001||Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines||P5446||Greyhound (as fleet number 1954)|
|1954||054||Capitol Greyhound Lines||B9231||Private owner|
|1954||104||Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines||P5463||Private owner|
|1954||112||Southwestern Greyhound Lines||S115||Private owner|
|1955||304||New England Greyhound Lines||E5500||Private owner|
|1955||516||Overland Greyhound Lines||O1755||Private owner|
|1955||731||Southwestern Greyhound Lines||S175||Red Bull|
|1955||733||Southwestern Greyhound Lines||S177||Private owner|
|1956||739||Pacific Greyhound Lines||K2302||Minnesota Transportation Museum|
|1956||759||Pacific Greyhound Lines||K2322||Sean Keating|
|1956||771||Overland Greyhound Lines||O1773||Private owner|
|1956||822||Florida Greyhound Lines||F742||Private owner|
|?||932||Eastern Greyhound Lines||E5626||ABC Companies, Florida|