More on the Golden Eagle:
There were no more Golden Eagles until 1969, when 50 Model 05’s were built. The last group of 11 were built in 1971 without the Golden Aluminum. They used the Silver Aluminum and painted it gold. Overall, there were about 150 Golden Eagles built from 1956 to 1971.
5-Star Service was terminated several years later. The Interstate Commerce Commission and Regulatory Agencies had kept the fare surcharge so low in most cases that Continental could not recover the extra cost of the 5-Star Service even when the buses were full.
Our Golden Eagle was purchased new by CONTINENTAL PANHANDLE LINES, INC. in 1971 and was used as an extra in the Trailways pool and in charter service out of the Amarillo, TX, area. This was the last Golden Eagle in revenue service and operated until 2001, when it was donated to us by the late Richard Allison.