Originally Missouri Pacific Stages #821 this GM PD 3302 coach was built by the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors in 1945. GM built two small parlor type models nominally seating 33 and 37 passengers respectively. Differing from larger GM parlor coach models, their rear engines either gas or diesel, were mounted straight in and coupled to a 4-speed transmission. Models built during WW II were made of steel. For years these small parlor types were commonly called “ODT’s” for the Office of Defense Transportation who assigned them to bus companies during the war.
Only 100 of the PD 3302 models were built, all in 1945. Dr. Bob Martinique acquired the PD 3302, which had been partially converted to a motor home, in the 1980’s. He restored the bus as a Pacific Greyhound Lines bus numbering it #1945 for the year built. The bus became part of Richard Twinning’s historic bus collection in 1990 and was donated to the PBM by Richard Twinning along with other the five buses in his collection in 1996. The PBM is proud to have this coach as part of the museum’s historic bus fleet.
Manufacturer: General Motors Truck & Coach Division, (Pontiac Motor Division) Pontiac, MI
Model: PD 3302, Serial #016, Built: 1945.
Powertrain: GM 4-71 Diesel engine mounted straight in w/4 speed mechanical transmission
Body: Steel body, capacity 33 passengers, reclining seats, air-conditioning via separate gasoline engine
Length 33 ft. – Width 96 in.
The #1945 is operable and sound mechanically. A number of side window frames need repair and replacement window glass. New rubber sealing material needed for side windows.
Support the PBM’s bus preservation efforts. Join the museum’s Adopt-A-Bus program. Adopt this bus or any PBM bus of your choice by contributing to a special fund account reserved for maintenance and or restoration of each bus. All of the PBM’s buses have their own special accounts and all funds donated to a particular account will be used only for that bus.
To donate to the Special Funds account for this bus indicate #PGL 1945 on your contribution.