posted by Tim Finn
It had to have been a hearse but it reminds me of an old school ambulance.
Gawd, that’s ugly! My first thought was “redneck Cadillac” given the rear windows look like they came out of a pickup cap.
This is in the heart of Portland, so think “hipster Cadillac” instead.
Luggage rack, eh?
Whatever happened to “Ya’ can’t take it with you?” 😉
+1 You beat me to it.
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Here’s an ad from a few years ago when this Cadillac was sold by the Illinois funeral home that owned it:
Looks like it was a hearse conversion by the Canadian firm Eureka Manufacturing. This was one of the last Eureka hearses, as the company went out of business in 1989.
I guess the subsequent owner(s) replaced the landau bars with pickup-shell windows. Definitely not something one sees every day.
That’s so depressing. It appears to have been in great shape when sold.
Wait! A luggage rack on a hearse? I was distinctly told I can’t take it with me….
Perhaps it’s to carry Aunt Edna on the trip to Wally World.
I guess if they had two funerals at the same time, they could carry em both to the boneyard!
Cheap, relatively low-mileage hauler for someone who cares not what others think! I see an independent thinker here!
While not a big fan of Silver I do like this vehicle and the clever ways the owner has improved their Caddy.
A hearse in roadgrime grey? really, those things are usually highly polished black or is this a new stealth option I wasnt aware of.
Some hearses are in less common colors such as Silver or Beige. Usually I see White or Black.
Perhaps the owner was inspired by other tall wagons such as the 80’s era AWD Tercel and (original) Outback.
It does look like an AWD Tercel that really let itself go, Brando-style.
Thankfully the hubcaps were removed or it would look tacky.
Could call it the Capileak.
It is unique and probably functional. I kinda like it.
The window in the rear door likely doesn’t roll down, hence the need for adding sliding window “ventilation”
Commercial glass, nice! This was a primo hearse in its day, though the FWD Caddy’s never carried themselves as well as the older RWD models, which you could still buy then. Cadillac’s official commercial chassis was this FWD model, but most carriage makers were still converting the Brougham because so many funeral directors liked them better.
Curious Afterlife this Caddy has had…
Hahahaha – I was just having one of my periodic disagreements with PN on the effects of CAFE and here comes this! Case closed. Or maybe it was just Cadillac being clueless in dealing with a new rule book. Either way, what a horrible professional car this made.
I have to admire the guy who rescued this and put it to work. Except for his faith in the HT4100 that is lurking under the hood. A vehicle built for a driver in the middle and death at both ends. 🙂
I agree it lacks presence.
Do I see a straight axel and leafsprings a la ProMaster, instead of the sedan’s independent suspension? Did the stretch limos on the commercial chassis get that set up? It seems to sit higher, too.
It would be a great little camper for two. I think I would be spooked to sleep in it though, as much as I like the idea of waifting in Cadillac style cross county to national parks at 25 mpg .
I like this! I’ve always wanted a Cadillac hearse, and my family loved to go camping
when I was growing up. This would be perfect for camping! You would definitely have
the best and most unique “camper” at the campground.
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