This is a real car. We don't see them that often anymore but they are still in use and occasionally, coach builders even still get orders for them. This is a Flower Car. Yes, believe it or not, there was a time when there were so many flowers sent to funerals and they were so important to the whole funeral process that an entire car was employed for the express purpose of conveying the arrangements from the funeral home to the grave or church. Used to day primarily in formal funerals for celebrities and political figures, the Flower Car is deliberately designed to either be completely open to display the flowers as the procession passes or enclosed (under the aluminum cover) in the event of inclement weather. Plug "flower car" into Google Images if you doubt me. They have been around LONGER than hearses in some cultures.
By the way, the tasteless desecration of the 1973 Superior Three-way Hearse on the first page turns my stomach. Some of the finest custom American car bodies were designed and fabricated one at a time for the funeral and medical industry back in the day of the custom hearse/ambulance/limousine. (Which was the ONLY way you could buy them.)
i think my gramps just rolled over in his grave when i looked at that poor 56 buick ........ long time ford man / dirt tracker but his favorite car was his bright red 56 buick ............ if i can find it , as it's been a long time now , i got a pic of a poor pinto that git truck-isized when we had too many adult beverages in my youth ....................
Long ago, at a cattle show in KCMO, I saw a mid 1970's 4-door Cadillac that had been made into a pickup. It definitely was NOT a backyard hack job. This thing looked to be factory made (I'm guessing at one point it had been either a hearse or a flower truck). It had a custom painted mural of a cattle drive on both sides of it, white spoke wheels with Goodyear Wrangler tires, a tuck and roll black leather interior, running boards, and a full grill guard up front. I got the impression that it was'nt just a show car, either, as it had a full complement of "farmer equipment" in the bed, a respectable bumper hitch for towing trailers out back, and mud on the quarter panels. It was'nt a 4x4, but it had to have had some lift, as it had decent ground clearance to it.
I wish I'd gotten a picture of it, but that was before we all had cell phones and digital cameras in our pockets.
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