Our bus will turn 51 years old this September. And we’ve become totally enamored with tracking down her history before she became our Zephyr.
We’ve found the GM delivery list and tracked down that she was ordered and in service to Citizen Auto Stage out of Nogales, Arizona. We knew that she was mainly a regional charter tour bus in the southwest her entire service life. We’ve been in touch with one of her mechanics from her service days and learned of her excursions transporting miners up tight mountain dirt switchback roads. We knew she retired out of service sometime in the mid-1980s, and later she was lovingly converted to a RV.
We’ve tried multiple attempts at contacting Citizen Auto Stage to find out more of her history, to no avail.
I’ve spent hours on Google image search trying to find any picture that might include a shot of a 4106 or GM bus serving parts of Arizona in hopes of catching a glimpse of her.
And then yesterday evening, this image popped up in our e-mail from a fellow bus nut:
“Can’t tell if this is your bus or not.” – Our bus angel
From the delivery list, we’re fairly confident ours was the only one delivered to Citizen Auto Stage directly from GM in 1961. We do know that at some future point in history, they acquired a couple other 4106s – probably transferred from other lines.
So it is quite likely – actually, almost entirely likely – that this picture above is OUR bus. In service as a passenger coach. In the early 60s.
We’re starring into history… while sitting inside of it. It’s eery. It’s fascinating. It’s overwhelmingly emotional to have such a visual link to her history.
When it hit me what I was looking at, I had goosebumps all over and tears forming in the corner of my eyes.
That’s our bus. That’s our home. That’s where she grew up on the road, where she spent her youth. This is her baby picture! Oh my gosh.. that’s OUR 4106. Not just another picture of another 4106. A reminder that our bus has a long history before us.
That’s OUR bus!!
(And gosh golly darn, do we wish she still had those magnificent swoopy windows!)