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Does anyone know if any of the 12 cylinder National cars exist?   Would be interested also in any literature detailing the 12 cylinder engine that was used by National.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Mark H

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Mark there was a HUGE National hearse in the next town over that had a V12 in it. Im not sure of the year but thinking teens. There was also a Reo Speedwagon hearse that had a Champion Wagon Works  carved body on it that I bought. They were stable mates in a funeral home down in the southern tier NY . The were owned by Harold Gilbert and Walt Benedict  from Canisteo NY. Both vehicles are restored today and in the hands of funeral home directors.  I would search (ask around) in the Professional Car Society cubs. Its a well known treasure ... Mike West

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I just know I have seen that National hearse but cannot for the life of me remember where. It would have to be the same one. White and big. 
 

... as for new info, as of a few years ago one did exist because someone snapped a pic of it and put it on Flickr. 
 

1918 National Highway 12 Sport Phaeton

 

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Years ago I saw a National V-12 hearse in Frankfort Indiana. In storage at a funeral home.

It was white and BIG, proportions reminded me of a termite queen!

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Layden . That's the hearse that came from Dansville NY  near my home.  Im trying to find a picture of it so I can post it.

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Descriptions by Pat and Layden, are pointing to the Goodwin/Miller collection in Frankfort, IN.

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Here it is  a 1915 National V 12. When it was here in NY it showed a bit over 3000 miles. I was told it started and ran like BRAND NEW!

1915-NAT-12-hearse-Indy-MB-1b.jpg

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On 1/17/2020 at 9:24 PM, gossjh said:

Descriptions by Pat and Layden, are pointing to the Goodwin/Miller collection in Frankfort, IN.

So easy to overlook a hearse in that garage!

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Thanks everybody for all the information.   I would love to get a picture of the engine to see if its similar to the 12 cylinder engine Enger used.   That is a fantastic hearse!  

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