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1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942

WW2 years

1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999-up



Cadillac (USA) Professional cars and chassis

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1940 Cadillac commercial chassis

1940 Cadillac business sedan

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Series 72 business chassis (left) and sedan (right)

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These two Series 72 business are easy to recognize on account of
their high-mounted tail-lamp units; the two illustrations are from period ads

Catalog illustration of funeral coach on 1940 LaSalle chassis


Derham (USA):  [This entry is from an Internet web site devoted to Derham custom coachwork] One unusual-looking invalid car was built in early 1940 on a Cadillac Series 75 chassis for Irving R. Strauss of Behnar, New Jersey. It featured an unusual-looking extra-tall roofline similar to that found on a modern limousine equipped with commercial glass. The main feature of this body was a disappearing inclined ramp the fit under the rear compartment floor that could be pulled out and used from both sides of the car. Also included was a back seat that was cut in two, one half was replaced with a portable wheel chair luxuriously upholstered to match the car’s interior. A totally flat floor was also installed so that the chair could be easily rolled into the space then securely locked in place. The Barclay Portable Chair Auto Body Corp. at 55 West 42nd Street also specialized in the conversion of invalid cars. Its owner, Wright Barclay, had patented an auto ramp and wheelchair in the early 1930s that looked remarkably similar to the arrangement used by Derham. He even sent a threatening letter to Derham’s current client threatening action if any of his patents were used in the conversion. Derham had dealt with Barclay before, and assured their customer’s attorney that they would indemnify Mr. Strauss in the event of a lawsuit.

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Flxible (USA) Various professional car styles for the ambulance and funeral trades

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Flxible ambulance on 1940 Cadillac chassis

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Flxible ambulance on 1940 LaSalle chassis


Flxible (USA) AA carved panel hearse on LaSalle chassis, McC p.247

Meteor (USA) limousine style hearse; see also McC p.243

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Meteor (USA) funeral flower car, McC p.244

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Tray with removable stainless steel railings


Meteor (USA) 8-door, Woodie station wagon on LaSalle chassis, McC p.247. This additional information was received in March, 2003 from Hugh Nutting, a regular visitor to the Cadillac Database:   In the 1940 'dream car' site you have two LaSalle station wagons [previously]   listed as "unknown (USA)".  Both are Meteor Funeral Coach bodies.  The 4 door belongs to CLC member Tom Boehm, and the 8 door is owned by a guy in the Detroit area.  It was built for the widow of one of the Dodge Brothers, Mrs. Wilson, who owned Meadowbrook Farms, where they have the classic car shows now.  These station wagons are one serial number apart.  They were Funeral car chassis when delivered.  I think Meteor cut each chassis in a different place then switched rear halves as neither finished wagon has a standard long wheelbase.   Hope this helps. 

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Miller, A.J. (USA) funeral flower car, McC p.247

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In the inscription on the side of this 1940 La Salle ambulance by A.J. Miller
may be seen the name "Howard Hughes" (the billionaire and ultimate recluse)
He had donated the vehicle to the Canadian Red Cross organization

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This La Salle ambulance, also  from A.J. Miller saw service in London
during the Blitz; it has the mandatory, war-time black-out lights


Philadelphia Specialty Mfg. Assoc. (USA) special 8-door airport bus for American Airlines [have poor photo]

Sayers & Scovill (USA) S&S funeral coach on LaSalle chassis

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Sayers & Scovill (USA) S&S Aristocrat landau funeral car, McC p.243

Schmidt & Bartelt (USA) Founded in 1887 in Menomonee Falls, WI, this company gained a reputation for building vehicles to transport sick persons or invalids. They started making motorized  ambulances in 1919. Conversions were done on the following Cadillac chassis: a 1931 Series 355A 7-pass. limousine, then a 1940 Series 75 limousine (converted in 1948), then a 1948 Series 75 limousine in 1951. The conversion required careful removal of the "B" pillar and the making and fitting of special door locks at both the roof and floor sills. When used as an ambulance, the front bench seat was removed and a single driver seat fashioned and installed. The conversion from a 1940 Cadillac limousine is shown below. McC, p.242

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Removable center door pillar allows quick installation of ambulance cot (left)
Ramp facilitates access with an invalid chair (right and below, left)

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Invalid chair fits conveniently in the area where the right half of the rear seat normally would be

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These two illustrations  show the front compartment
with full front seat (left) or half seat to accommodate invalid chair


Specialty Manufacturing Co (???) (USA), special 8-door airport limousine on Cadillac chassis, for American Airlines [photo OCW, 22.8.91]

Superior (USA) Gothic carved-panel hearse, McC p.244

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Superior built also this fire department service car, as well as some ambulances on La Salle chassis
[ Photos from factory product brochure on professional cars ]


Unknown (USA?) Gothic carved-panel hearse, possibly by Superior (above).  This one was used in the funeral procession of Rosa Parks, an unwilling African-American activist who made history by refusing to give up her seat on Georgia a bus to a white man.

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Cadillac (USA) Professional cars and chassis

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Cadillac's new "egg-crate" grille   (left) and the ..." wheel base commercial chassis (right)

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(Above two rows) Artists loved to stretch and lower the otherwise boxy Series 75 sedans and limousines


Eureka (USA)

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Eureka ambulance

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Eureka (USA) custom 15-passenger bus, McC p.254

Flxible (Loudonville, OH , USA) Various professional car styles for the ambulance and funeral trades

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Flxible limousine style hearse

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Flxible built 100 of these coaches in 1941, for the ambulance and funeral trades; it was
a new style of coach and had an unusual rear door and window, setting it apart from the competition.

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Similar to the preceding model, this Flxible ambulance has the "tunnel" style emergency lights

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Flxible flower car, Model. #C61-FC, finished in white with
high grade mohair upholstery and stainless steel flower
bed;  the rear door is equipped with casket rollers


Hess & Eisenhardt (USA)   Airport shuttle bus (limousine)

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Left: the airport shuttle; right: tradional front ensemble of S&S ambulances and funeral cars


Knightstown (USA)

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Knightstown ambulance?


Little, John (Ontario, Canada)

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This carved-side, gothic styled hearse was converted from a Series 62 coupe in the shops of John Little, of Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. The "cathedral"glass in the rear body  was stained blue and the interior was lined with maroon mohair. Originally delivered to the Needham funeral home in Ontario, the car subsequently was sold and saw further service with the Dodson & Habkirk Funeral Home in Kingsville, Ontario. Sadly, after it was retired from service in 1958, it ended up in a field [two upper pictures]. Fortunately, it was recovered before it was too late and got a professional, ground-up restoration. Currently (2002) it is owned by Lloyd Needham of Blenheim, Ontario (a descendant of the original owners?)


Meteor (USA), the limousine coach, the service car, the carved Gothic hearse,  the Landau funeral coach.

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Gothic carved hearse on Series 62 chassis [see McC, p.255]

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This survivor was for sale in Cars & Parts, in the mid-seventies

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This Meteor Combination coach belongs to a Database visitor and Cadillac enthusiast who wishes to remain anonymous; he wrote: here is a picture of Pugsey [hidden, right] fulfilling its current purpose...the kids love it at Halloween;
it does have the compartments on the back of the divider, for ambulance service. It also has a rear heater
built into the rear of the divider that is housed by the ambulance compartments.


Miller (USA) classic combination coach

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Combination coach with an attractive paint scheme

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Miller ambulance


Miller A.J. (USA)  included in their program this year the regular limousine, the Art carved model,  the Cathedral carved coach, the flower car and  the service car [McC p.264]

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This is the Cathedral carved-side funeral coach

The two unidentified vehicles below (picked up on the Internet) may be Miller models

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Silver Knightstown (Indiana, USA)

S&S (USA) by Hess & Eisenhardt, offered the DeLuxe, the Superline, the Statesman and the Macedonian funeral vehicles [McP, p.200].   Ambulances too were available.

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S&S Victoria

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S&S limousine style ambulance


Superior (USA), Military field ambulance [McC p.255]. Other professional cars offered this year include those illustrated below:

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Briarcliff side-loading limousine funeral coach

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Landau hearse

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Superior ambulance dressed up in drab olive
and used by the U.S. army's medical department

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Two different views of the same car

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Fire department ambulance used at Coney Island, New York


[Unknown, Spain]: break-down truck conversion from 1941 Series 60 Special believed to have been owned at one time by renowned artist Salvador Dali.

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I saw and photographed this break-down truck in the province of Barcelona, Spain, while driving from Geneva to Valencia in the early 60s [in a tiny, Italian Fiat 500!]; among the few people in that area who could afford a Cadillac at that time was the great artist, Salvador Dali who in fact lived not too far away, near Figueras, in the province of Gerona; I often wondered if this might have been one of his old cars

[Unknown, USA?]:

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Above two rows, the roomy  Series 67  business sedan

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Above two rows, the equally roomy and more luxurious  
Series 75  business sedan and limousine

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1942 Cadillac commercial chassis



Eureka (USA)

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S&S carved-side funeral coach

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Eureka flower car

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The table (left) extends onto the door, which includes
four rollers; note the tray cover (right)

Flxible (USA) carved panel flower car, McC p.261. Also miscellaneous other professional vehicles for the ambulance and funeral trades. America went to war this year; Flxible built a mere 26 funeral coaches and ambulances on the Cadillac chassis

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This is NOT a flower car; note the smooth top of the rear deck; this was a new style offered by Flxible that year
called the Innovation; unlike regular flower cars, it had a fully upholstered rear compartment


Meteor (USA)

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Meteor flower car


Miller A.J. (USA) 

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Miller flower car with unique roof line and decorative landau bars

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The table (right) extends onto the door, which includes
four rollers; note the tiered flower tray (right)


Miller(USA) landau style funeral car, McC p.261

Proctor Keefe Co (USA) rescue squad car for Detroit Fire Department (2 built), McC p.261

Sayers & Scovill (USA) One of a number of professional cars built for the funeral trade

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This lovely survivor turned up in the Netherlands circa 2007-08
It was brought to my attention by "Philippe", regular contributor to the Forum of the American car Club de France - ACCF
[ I have Philippe and the ACCF to thank for these three  superb images ]



Silver Knightstown (USA) One of a number

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Schmidt & Bartelt (USA) Were these effectively built ? Not according to research, as recorded above in the 1940 section. According to professional car enthusiast and expert, Bernie De Winter, this may be a NuSystems conversion. This was a sedan ambulance conversion available through a network of shops scattered throughout the US before the war; their conversions were available on any number of different sedans.

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Superior (USA) One of a number of coach-built vehicles offered by Superior for the ambulance and funeral trades

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[Unknown, USA] Cadillac hearses [Internet photos]

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This pick-up truck was found in Florida by a French biker and Cadillac collector; it is
one of two 1942 pickups converted in the forties from the Series 62 sedan at the request
of a Las Vegas casino; they were used as baggage trucks for the casino's VIPs
[ Photos: courtesy Daniel "Zoot" Dimov and France's Nitro magazine ]



Return to The (New) Cadillac Database© Index Page
or go to the "Dream cars" section for 1940-1942
or select "Professional Cars" years from the table below


Pick one   >

1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942

WW2 years

1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999-up


© 1998, Yann Saunders [aka Mr. Cadillac] and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image:  1961 Crown Sovereign funeral car by Superior Coach Corporation ]