Have money, flaunt it. Luxury knows no boundaries. It doesn’t see if the person is breathing or has breathed his last. People not only love to live in style but are making sure that they die with all the magnificence intact as well. First it was the coffins that were carved in a pricey manner and now even the vehicles that carry them till the crematorium have luxury scribbled all over them. People who have a fetish for fancy automobiles are making it a point that their last ride or maybe their loved ones is worth remembering and distinct. So, have a look at the custom-made funeral vehicles that will make you slip in a state of awe.
1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class funeral car
Mercedes is a class in itself and people who admire and own one know exactly how addictive this beauty is. Coleman Milne are out with a new range of Hearses and Limousines based on the new Mercedes Benz E-Class for people who want their last ride to be coated with luxury. Mercedes Benz funeral vehicles are in such a high demand that in the UK market, Coleman Milne have supplied these more than any other coachbuilder has. Keeping in mind the popularity a unique 4 door Hearse and matching Limousine has been crafted for their customers and Mercedes and Limousine loyalists.
2. 2011 Cadillac S&S MEDALIST HEARSE
When luxury is at stake, then no detail should be compromised. Proving the point true is the Cadillac DTS, a full luxury sedan which has a lot of features on its side to boast about. May it be classy styling, a spacious interior, or the road sense, you name it and you have it. A total of six people can be seated more than comfortably in this spacious machine. Equipped with GM's North Star 4.6-liter V8 engine, it’s available in both275-hp and 292-hp versions, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
3. The first Motorbike Hearse
Resembling a dachshund is this hearse. It is the world’s first motorcycle hearse that requires two motorbike riders, one in the front and one at the back to carry a deceased till a crematorium. This five gear hearse derives all its power from the 1,350cc Harley-Davidson engine. The coffin slips out at an angle of 90 degrees at the push of a button. The 4.8 meters long bike requires a special complex hydraulic system to stabilize the whole structure. The cradle of this 600kg bike is adjustable and can carry a deceased weighing up to 440 lbs.
4. Japanese hearse
Japanese love to live in style and even after someone leaves the world they make sure it's done in an affluent way. Japanese hearses are nothing but a work of art that when seen on a road can be easily mistaken for a temple on wheels. The cars used for this purpose are not ordinary but Japanese executive or America luxury cars are flipped in to a hearse for a last royal ride. One very famous mode of transportation used to carry someone to the crematorium is in a Lincoln Continental.
5. Phil Bissett’s Holy Smoke
People love their profession. I don’t know about anyone else but Phil Bissett, a gravedigger absolutely does without a second thought. Deriving inspiration from his work Phil has ingeniously swapped a 75kg, 7ft-long steel coffin into a 100mph single seater car named the Holy Smoke. The coffin shaped car’s number plate reads ‘DIGG’ just to honor his profession. After purchasing the coffin from ebay he imported it from Mexico and then fitted a 1972 1300cc VW engine from his daughter’s car. The car is wedged with components from a beach buggy, an old Ford car, a dumper truck. The wheel spinners have been crafted from grave vases. Holy Smoke is fully road legal and has got an MOT.
6. Coffin Sidecar
So you love being evil and mean, then this bike with a sidecar is perfect for you. This is not a coffin but a sidecar that has been shaped like one which will make heads turn every time you ride in one. But be sure, all the glances your get won’t be pleasant, a few will be full of question marks and surprise when you ride in this coffin sidecar.
7. Theme Funeral, For Murdered Boss Of "Rebels MC"
Motorcycle clubs and their members have always made heads turn especially when they ride together. But for Richard Roberts, there is this one ride which others will remember and he will not. On his funeral about 300 motorcyclists of the Rebels Motorcycle Club zoomed on their bikes till a crematorium in Canberra's north. The lead motorcyclist made Richard Roberts ride with him in his coffin placed on a sidecar. A lot of people mustered to see this, as the bikes moved till the crematorium through streets guarded by the police.
8. Harley Hearse
So, you are a diehard Harley fan and want that your last ride should also be on your favorite vehicle. Then to give your dreams a shape of reality even after you breathe last is this hearse with a tailored carriage that is pulled by a Harley. This three wheeled ride has been designed for all those Harley fans at an expenditure of $100,000 by the owners of a chain of Long Island funeral homes. This is an apt way to pay your last respect to those who skipped a few heartbeats after seeing a Harley.
9. Coffin Car Funeral Pipes Scary Hearse
This hearse looks like a vintage carriage automobile which was used by aristocrats from dating back till the 17th century. But there are some people who like to do things in a different way. This coffin looking thing is actually a car. It has been crafted after fitting a coffin on the top portion. This one seater car has pipes protruding out from sides making it look different.
10. 2001 Cadillac Federal Hearse
The white colored 2001 Cadillac Federal Hearse will make sure that the deceased rests in peace. Its calm appearance allows the coffin to be placed at the back of the car. The coffin can be easily glided in the back area. It has an automatic transmission and the engine size is eight.
11. Custom Hearses for Polish President’s Funeral
Polish president Kaczynsk and 95 others were killed in a plane crash due to heavy fog. The crash took place when the plane moved towards the Smolensk airport in western Russia. When 100,000 mourners came to the funeral of Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash, they were amazed to see a hearse that was actually a Maserati Quattroporte and Hummer H. Though a lot of people were unable to attend the funeral due to ash cloud because of which flights got cancelled.
12. Vintage Funeral Cars Of Argentina
Collecting funeral cars is not a hobby almost every person would like to have. Though, it’s not very often that you tend to come across them either. It’s a little hard to say as Fernando Aguerre salvaged beautifully carved wooden bodied Cadillac funeral cars while he was on one of his excursion trips in Argentina. Although, the owner’s details are widely unknown, the fact remains, “What’s in a name?” The intricate carving and detailing on the hearse and the flower car pair are definitely worth a mention as they are one of a kind and all time antiques. Having originated as 1942 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 Special four-door sedans, each with a 133-inch wheelbase and V8 power, the vehicles were then transformed into hearses by a famous coach builder Hermida y Nazzi who lent them an all new purpose.
13. 1927 Graham Child's Hearse
Resembling a vintage car is 1927 Graham Child’s Hearse and is owned by Cole Funeral Home of Chelsea, MI. Designed specially to carry remains of children, this funeral van was never purchased by any of the funeral homes because of its small size, so hardly any were made thereafter. It was spotted at the 2009 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, MI. According to a sign on the vehicle the wooden embellishments on the flanks took two years to be embossed by Albert H Whittekind. The hearse is powered by Graham chassis.