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PBM1 – Scenicruiser Party Bus

PBM1’s debut at the 2023 Pacific Bus Museum Open House

Initial Service

This 1955 PD-4501 Scenicruiser was delivered new to Southwestern Greyhound Lines in January 1956 as #S175. This bus became C1462, among 87 PD-4501s that went to Central Greyhound Lines as part of the Greyhound corporate consolidations of June 1960

Service History

Interior looking up from lower level…

After its acquisition from Greyhound, the Scenicruiser was customized at a high cost for promotional use by the makers of Red Bull energy drink. Traveling across the country to appear at concerts and Red Bull-sponsored events, the bus spent 8½  years as a rolling meeting place and lounge promoting Red Bull products.

The Scenicruiser was refitted with comfortable perimeter seating on both levels with a U-shaped booth at the rear of the upper deck. Two doors were installed on the curb side of the upper deck for loading and other uses. There are two refrigerators, one on the lower deck and the other with a wet bar on the upper level. There is a remarkable sound system, plus a plug-in for use with the three flat-screen TVs in the bus. 

Originally powered by a straight-in Detroit Diesel 8V-71 engine with a 4-speed mechanical transmission, the bus was repowered for RedBull with an 8V-92 engine and an Allison automatic transmission, plus a Jacobs Engine Brake.  The bus can cruise at 75 mph.

Pathway to PBM

The museum’s latest acquisition, PBM-1, was donated by Steven Hofmann in June 2023.  After sitting idle for 6-1/2 years in Azusa, the RedBull wrap was removed from the one-time Greyhound Scenicruiser, and the bus was driven north by PBM President Lorne Thompson and Past President Ron Medaglia, first to Modesto, then to Fremont. The acquisition was a well-guarded secret among the Board of Directors and a few members until the 2023 Open House.

This bus will represent PBM at significant events throughout the West.

What People Love 

People love bus conversions to recreational vehicles. This is the most amazing bus-conversion example. This party bus makes people instantly happy when they see it come to life!

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How You Can Help

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 PBM1 are also needed at this time to complete this remaining work. All donations for bus PBM1 will be placed in a Special Fund account exclusively for the restoration and maintenance of bus PBM1. Please make a donation today to continue the restoration of bus PBM1!

Make a "Pacific Bus Museum" donation to the Special Funds account for for bus PBM1.

Support Bus PBM1

The Pacific Bus Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer organization registered in the state of California. We were granted tax-exempt status as a non-profit corporation by the IRS under 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Tax ID # 1683391. Donations to the Pacific Bus Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Party Bus

The party-bus that give you wings…

This 1955 Scenicruiser was customized for promotional use by the energy drink maker.

Restoration Status

This bus is mechanically sound but needs to have the exterior paint updated to become PBM1.

Ownership Snapshot

Original Owner: Southwestern Greyhound Lines

Acquired From: Steven Hofmann in 2023

Current Livery: Pacific Bus Museum PBM1

Technical Specs

Year Built: 1955 (Delivered January 1956)

Manufacturer: General Motors Truck and Coach Division, Pontiac, MI

Model: PD-4501

Serial#: 731

Powertrain: Straight-in Detroit Diesel 8V-92 engine with Allison automatic transmission

Body: Two-level aluminum monocoque, single sedan door, air-conditioned, underfloor baggage compartments; customized interior

Length: 40 ft

Width: 96 in

Seating: Customized party bus

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