Welcome to Southwest Scenic's and Motorcoach. The new destination for all things Scenicruiser and early GM Motor Coaches.
It’s 1956 and Dwight Eisenhower is in the White House. The United States is at the threshold of one of its most inspiring periods. The “Greatest Generation” baby boomers are taking hold of society like never before. The American Dream has been defined and truly has begun to come true. The technology developed and refined during World War II is making the Dream a reality at a frantic pace. The automobile is beginning to take over and travel for leisure, a concept that really didn’t exist before the war, has now blossomed into an entire industry. Former GI’s who have been building homes and families in the newly invented “Suburbs” are ready to travel. With the enacting of the Interstate Highway Act on June 29, 1956 few people realized the impact it would have on this country and society. It became the catalyst for what has come to define us, for better or worse, as a country addicted to the automobile and independent travel. In a far broader sense, it defined us as a country and society of travelers. A people that don’t settle for what can be seen out of the windows at home but a society that wants to get out there and see the best this country has to offer.
Greyhound wasn't deaf to this transformation and starting way back in the 1930's were beginning some of their pioneering work on crosscountry travel. The culmication and pinnical of that effort was in 1954 when the Scenicruiser begang rolling off of GM's assembly line and int oGreyhound service. The Scenicruise is considered by many, to be one of the most recoginized and iconic motor vehicles ever created. Even perople that aren't "car people" will recoginize and smail at the sight of a Scenic, often accompinied by a statement like, "I rode one of those in the Service" or "I went to summer came in one of those".
Originally, 1001 Scenicruisers were produced exclusivly for Greyhound, by the gM Truck and Coach Division of General motors. Today, it's estimated that about 200 still exist and, of those, fewer than half are even road worthy, let alone driven. We'd like to change that. We were bitten by the bug a number of years ago and converted our Scenic into a modern motorhome. That lead to us creating Southwest Scenics, because it's getting very difficult to find anyone that knows much about these anymore, or will work on them there was a need. We're trying to fill that need and keep these things on the road. Follow along, if nothing else it'll put a smile on your face.