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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.