1969 Golden Eagle Model 05

The Eagle coach was the result of a contact between Continental Trailways in the United States and the Karl Kassbohrer bus and coach building firm in Germany. Kassbohrer had introduced its integral coach range in the beginning of the 1950s. These were called Selbst Tragend (self-carrying). Kassbohrer also was a pioneer for articulated buses in Europe and its patented trailer section was dominating the market for a decade or so.

This coach was a success, and fifty coaches with MAN engines were delivered in 1957 and 1958. In 1958, 41 more Eagles were be built by Kassbohrer, though this batch was to a lower specification. These were called “Silver Eagles”, as the “golden” sides changed to “silver” at the same time.

During its production of over four decades, some 8,000 Eagle coaches have been built in three different countries on two continents, and they have been the trademarks of Continental Trailways for over three decades.