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I saw one in a processional the other day.

No, I don't have photos (I was on the 7th floor of a building looking down at the street). All I have to offer is this statement: What a sad, sad final ride.
 

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I saw one in a processional the other day.

No, I don't have photos (I was on the 7th floor of a building looking down at the street). All I have to offer is this statement: What a sad, sad final ride.
Indeed it must have looked so ridiculous in hearse trim especially with its Barbra Streisand size schnoz and the overall bland styling that it already gets in non hearse form
 

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Funny, don't know why this made me think of this, but that reminds me of this early 90's country song from Confederate Railroad - Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind, talks about his dad never wanting glitzy things, couldn't understand why his son wanted glitzy things, due to their poverty, and when the dad dies, he's hauled away in "a big cadillac", if you listen to the words, and not pay attention to the 90's 'Alabama' mullets, it is a pretty good song, but I like country!!

 

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I saw a Ford Windstar Hearse the a few months ago. An elderly neighbor's wife passed and the red velvet bag was placed into the Ford Minivan. It had completely blacked out windows and that gold leafy ivy pattern detailing along the sides. Sad and a bit creepy.
 

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Ever seen an Escalade hearse?

Yeah, you heard me right. I saw one a few days ago. Basically just an Escalade with the rear windows covered over with that gold ivy thingamajig.
 

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I once saw a Roadmaster hearse

I wouldn't mind a final ride in an Escalade though
 

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Well actually the "gold ivy leaf thing" is what is used on a "service car", which is essentially used for "first calls" and "removals", i.e picking up DB's.

Usually a funeral home will have, depending on their size and income, full size vans or mini-vans for service vehicles, they are usually more discreet than showing up at a residence with a big black hearse, plus, the hearse is usually the pride of the home's fleet, only used for processions.

Once upon a time, a full line funeral home would have a matching Cadillac chassied hearse and service car, but since a service car was not that much less expensive that a full hearse, many started using "sedan deliveries" or cheaper chassied service cars, i.e, a Pontiac based service car and a Cadillac hearse.

There are many companies that do offer a "low priced" mini van conversion for funeral homes that are in low income or very small towns, the essentially blank out the windows and add a floor with rollers and bier pins and tada, you have a hearse, though most of the times they would rather purchase an older "real" hearse that use a converted mini-van, though I should point out that new Cadillac chassied hearses run about $70,000 tp $90,000 for top of the range models like and S&S Masterpiece.

Back when RWD vehicles were plentiful, many hease builders would offer a lower priced hearse on a cheaper chassis, its was not uncommon to see Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile or Buick based hearses even into the 1980's, The were some companies that also made conversions out of Suburbans in the 70's and 80's to. The last gen B-body chassis was the used as the base for Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac Fleetwood based hearses, but there were a good number of Caprice Classic ones made as well.

If anyone is interested in what is currently "in style" in the hearse market..


Go to


www.accubuilt.com

They are the largest hearse builders in the world.
 

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Well actually the "gold ivy leaf thing" is what is used on a "service car", which is essentially used for "first calls" and "removals", i.e picking up DB's.

Usually a funeral home will have, depending on their size and income, full size vans or mini-vans for service vehicles, they are usually more discreet than showing up at a residence with a big black hearse, plus, the hearse is usually the pride of the home's fleet, only used for processions.

Once upon a time, a full line funeral home would have a matching Cadillac chassied hearse and service car, but since a service car was not that much less expensive that a full hearse, many started using "sedan deliveries" or cheaper chassied service cars, i.e, a Pontiac based service car and a Cadillac hearse.

There are many companies that do offer a "low priced" mini van conversion for funeral homes that are in low income or very small towns, the essentially blank out the windows and add a floor with rollers and bier pins and tada, you have a hearse, though most of the times they would rather purchase an older "real" hearse that use a converted mini-van, though I should point out that new Cadillac chassied hearses run about $70,000 tp $90,000 for top of the range models like and S&S Masterpiece.

Back when RWD vehicles were plentiful, many hease builders would offer a lower priced hearse on a cheaper chassis, its was not uncommon to see Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile or Buick based hearses even into the 1980's, The were some companies that also made conversions out of Suburbans in the 70's and 80's to. The last gen B-body chassis was the used as the base for Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac Fleetwood based hearses, but there were a good number of Caprice Classic ones made as well.

If anyone is interested in what is currently "in style" in the hearse market..


Go to


www.accubuilt.com

They are the largest hearse builders in the world.
I always value your input.

In this case, the minivan was fully converted to Hearse-duty. Not just blacked out windows, but the full package.

I recall flower cars being a big deal until about the late 1950s. Usually they were Cadillacs that were El Camino-ized (of course, this was before the El Camino existed), and the beds were filled with flowers.
 

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Thank you

Oh, yes they are fully converted, with a full vinyl top, landau bars and everything. Some homes use mini vans for transporting cremains too, since it really does not need to carry a "full load".

Some builders are starting to offer flower cars again, they kind of went away, though there were still a couple of specialty conversion companies making them, Accubuilt is offering one again, there are 2 kinds of flower cars, the more commonly seen ones were the ones that were like an ElCamino, esentially a commercial chassis Cadillac with a big stainless steel bed in the back on them that could carry flowers to a burial, think Don Corleone's funeral in The Godfather.

The other style is the less common "floral hearse" which actualy could have carried a casket loaded from the rear like a regular hearse and then the top compartment carried flowers.

You dont see too many today, many funerals have to travel on highways to get to burial locations so they are usually carried in a service car. Some homes around here still use an S10 for occasional flower car duty.
 

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HHR Panel...they couldn't afford the gas for the Caddy
 

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Know what's worse but very much along the same line?

When I was graduating in May, we saw a black CHEVY VENTURE hearse. Basically stock Venture, and then the rearmost windows covered over with the typical chrome hearse swoosh thing.

I've seen many Town & Country's before too, but a Venture was really sad.
 

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I saw it three years ago when I attended a church member's funeral. Frankly speaking such hearse should be exported to HK or China cuz it's more suitable to use based on the road condition... just add the photo frame mount in the front and voila!
 

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I saw a Chrysler 300 Hearse on a transporter (along with DTS Hearses). It actually looked sharp.
 

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I saw this last year in Ireland... it's a Ford Mondeo...






Seems quite windowey. And no curtains. I prefer something a little more private.
You'll be dead.......you won't know the difference :p:
 
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