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Vintage Hearses, Funeral Coaches and Flower Cars On Main Street Anywhere: A Pictorial

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This is a 1978 Miller-Meteor Olympian end loading Cadillac that I purchased a few years back not long after it was retired from service.

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My first hearse... 1971 Superior Cadillac Soverign Limousine Style end loader.

This coach was formerly the drunk wagon for a local Irish pub.... Hence the nasty green paint job!!!

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A few more French hearses:

A '68 Bel Air (maybe an Impala or a Caprice would have been too ostentatious?):

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A Chevelle:

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An Olds:

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A '60 Plymouth Fury:

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A '40 Merc?:

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Brochure image of '47 Pontiac:

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A '55 or '56 Dodge (sorry it's so small):

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A '48 Dodge:

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One should probably humble oneself in the face of Death, but I don't think I could rest in peace if my last ride was in a crummy old stovebolt:

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A Plymouth:

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Here's a different angle on a '63 Chev I posted earlier:

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A '67 Chrysler Newport:

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A '57 Imperial hearse:

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A couple of Fords:

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An interesting Cadillac:

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You may have noticed that quite a few of the French hearses have these roof adornments at each of the corners:

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Maybe some of you will find these two old tired and weathered rigs interesting. I had forgotten that they used to build bodies this way in the forties and fifties. Instead of raising the roof line by increasing the height of the glass area, they spliced in metal all around the vehicle below the belt line. It's especially clear when you recall the height of a stock hood or a door. It's just the opposite of "sectioning" a car (like a '50s full custom) to lower the over all height of the body. Can you imagine the work involved in stretching just one door frame and skin?

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A few more French hearses

A '60 Plymouth Fury:

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THAT is the coolest hearse ever.

It makes me wonder, what kind of hearse did Virgil Exner get his last ride in?

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Maybe some of you will find these two old tired and weathered rigs interesting. I had forgotten that they used to build bodies this way in the forties and fifties. Instead of raising the roof line by increasing the height of the glass area, they spliced in metal all around the vehicle below the belt line. It's especially clear when you recall the height of a stock hood or a door. It's just the opposite of "sectioning" a car (like a '50s full custom) to lower the over all height of the body. Can you imagine the work involved in stretching just one door frame and skin?

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I just realized that they would even have to rework the firewall. Geez, wouldn't you think that for all of the work involved they could have started with a Chevy panel truck, dropped a V8 in it and just reworked the front sheet metal to disguise it's origin?

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Quote from Bleach: 40 Merc?

More likely a 40 Lincoln Zephyr

Not my quote but I could have thought that as well but upon better examination it certainly looks like a Zephyr to me.

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A tastefully executed corbillard based on a '57 Imperial.

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Not my quote but I could have thought that as well but upon better examination it certainly looks like a Zephyr to me.

Sorry for the mix-up.Bleach and Hudsy Wudsy. It was from a long line of hearses and I mistakenly thought Bleach was at the top. At least it wasn't a Hurst.

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Sorry for the mix-up.Bleach and Hudsy Wudsy. It was from a long line of hearses and I mistakenly thought Bleach was at the top. At least it wasn't a Hurst.

Mo problem, Dave. I've actually posted a Hurst just for fun.

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Well, anyway guys, the long and the short of it is, it's beautifully sleek and I want someone to build me a Lincoln Zephyr sedan delivery!

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The most beautiful hearse I have ever personally seen in my 65 years. 1959 Chrysler Saratoga. I saw it in Chicago. Last heard it was in NY.

A 1940 Dodge roadster in Australia

A 1958 Dodge hearse. Owner can not find a body builder tag on this one in Australia

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1948 Chrysler Windsor ambulance /hearse. Thought to be only one built. Sitting outside rotting. Owner is "going to restore". Have heard that before..........

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Still out there, those are all great Chrysler products -- the '59 is gorgeous! I'd give anything to watch the pros make a roof like that.

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Also, the '48 Windsor ambulance! Did you all notice that the body builder turned the stock tail lights on their sides? it would be wonderful to see that one restored.

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I read a quote once about the French that I'll share with you: "When it comes to autos, the French imitate no one, and no one imitates the French." It may sound a little odd at first, but when you think about Citroens, Peugeots, Simcas and Renaults you'll see the point. Here are a few more French hearses:

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A Renault:

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An electric corbillard:

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A '47 Pontiac:

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A '52 Citroen:

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Another Renault:

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These few are modern ones, but I include them as examples of a type of design that includes a rear seat for passengers:

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The German word for "hearse" is "leichenwagen'. A Google search with that word mostly yielded a lot of under styled Mercedes and this VW -- I won't comment:

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Here are a some pictures from the "Mr Ed's Hearse Pictures" site. There are quite a number of interesting and beautiful hearses and ambulances on the site. It's worth a look:

Mr. Ed's Hearse Pictures

'29 Packard Ambulance:

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'34 Pierce Arrow:

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'36 Cadillac Stretch Limo:

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'38 Hudson with gas generator:

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An unidentified hearse from 1916.

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