This GM PD 3302 coach was built by the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors in 1945 as #821 for Missouri Pacific Stages. Models built during WW II were made of steel. For years these small parlor types were commonly called “ODTs” for the Office of Defense Transportation which assigned them to bus companies during the war.
Only 100 PD 3302s were built, all in 1945. Dr. Bob Martinique acquired the PD 3302, which had been partially converted to a motor home, in the 1980s. He restored the bus as a Pacific Greyhound Lines bus numbering it #1945 for the year built. Richard Twining acquired this coach in 1990 and used it in “specialized revenue service” for his Scenic Hyway Tours operation. This ultimately became part of Richards historic bus collection.
“Rare Bullet Back Parlor Changes Ownership and Goes Into Service
Members Richard Twining and Dr. Robert Martinique consummated a deal by which Richard has bought the Doc’s G.M. parlor model PD 3302, built in 1945 with serial 016 as Missouri Pacific Trailways #821.
It had been refurbished as a Greyhound coach, with missing seats replaced. Richard has wasted no time in making this coach viable, as it is now in specialized revenue service, and only runs for requested tour or shuttle service within the San Francisco, California area. This and one other classic restored transit both operate for Scenic Hyway Tours which Richard owns and operates.”
– October 1991 edition of The Paddle, the Pacific Bus Museum’s monthly Membership newsletter
The bus was donated to the PBM in 1996 along with the five other buses of Richard Twining’s historical bus collection. The PBM is proud to have this coach as part of the museum’s historic bus fleet.
Even as a Greyhound “imposter“, this bus elicits much joy and many stories.
This bus is a must-see when you come to visit the Pacific Bus Museum.
As a volunteer orginization, we are always looking for as much help as we can get. If you've got skills and time, and want to get your hands dirty, consider becoming a member.
If you don't want to contribute "hands-on", financial donations for the restoration of bus #1826 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus #1826 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus #1826. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus #1826!
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