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1962 CADILLAC MILLER - METEOR 'LANDAU TRADITIONAL' 3-WAY SIDE-LOADER HEARSE
We discovered this Miller - Meteor Funeral Coach in Arizona. It was delivered originally to San Francisco, CA. where it spent most of it's life. It was then retired to Eureka, Nevada in 1995 where it was used locally for a "Flower Delivery Car" by a small Flower Shop. At 46 years young, it then moved to Phoenix AZ in Dec. 2008. Consequently, the body has never seen more than minor rust and it carries the extra bonus of never having been in an accident. Like most Funeral Coaches it had several color changes in it's life to match the owners "current fleet" but, the last owner subjected it to a complete disassemble, strip and re-paint Back to Black Poly finish in Base Coat/Clear Coat. This is an extremely rare M&M "Trimatic Casket Table" version, a " 3-Way Side Loader" which allows the Casket 'Box' to be loaded/unloaded manually from either side of the curb, or from the rear. The Casket Table extends approx. 24" out the sides of the Coach when activated. This model also featured the Triangular Landau 'shields' on the sides with Crests (now Cadillac) which heightened the 'formal appearance'. Almost all of the original interior is now been restored to brand new. The only materials available are from Oregon at $85 a yd. The Front Seat was recovered in the original Divco-Wayne pattern, with new 'Soft-Touch' Leatherette. The exterior chrome Bright Work was professionally polished at great expense and the car retains it's original and excellent Chrome Bumpers. Options were seldom ordered from most Coach Builders yet, this car has Power Brakes, Power Steering and Power Seats. It is also equipped with a frequently ignored option, an original AM/FM Radio (not workig). Factory Air Conditioning was ADDED by the prev. owner (upgrading to R134). The Roof could be left polished "as is" or it can be painted in the original "Krinkle Finish" at extra cost. However, please note: Miller & Meteor was 1 of just a handful of Coach Builders that normally left the roof completely painted in Gloss Paint without "Krinkle" or Vinyl covering & that is most likely WHY the coach still exists... as the Vinyl 'captured' water and caused the Coach to rot-out from the top down. We are happy to paint the top at extra expense if you choose.
The Engine Bay and undercarriage were already restored (extremely unusual for ANY Hearse) as the motor was tested/ approved, pulled, updated with all new Gaskets, Hoses, Belts, Painted and re-installed. This Coach shows title proven mileage of 50,986. (1,062 miles per year) and it came with an Arizona "A" Actual Mileage Title but, could be sold per FL. Law as 'exempt'. Nothing makes a restoration 'sparkle' more than New Glass. Since it was a desert coach, nearly every window in this car was replaced.... even the Windshield re-replaced @ a 'deal' at $2200+ shipping. This great Coach has benefited from everything you can think of including: complete new paint, complete door & hinge removal and restoration balanced and re-hung w/ new pins installed, complete upholstery from the seats back to the rear door, door panels (5), rear casket compartment (@$85 per yd.), even the driver's floor carpet, plus; casket deck re-skinned in new mica with the casket table completely refurbished in newer chrome and hardware, new G.M. exterior mirrors, further stainless polish, w.w. tires, carburetor rebuild, undercarriage re-resto., entire front seat replaced with correct style, stainless trim for seat, many new exterior chrome pieces; including grille parts, badging, script and trim, starter rebuild, install new headlights/ add purple funeral lights, dash cap, new wipers, exhaust system, complete tune-up and rebuild of carburetor 2nd time by Certified expert. The exterior paint & body were completely re-done professionally by our craftsman and the car stands ready for service. F.D.'s from all over the Country are booking "preemies" and charging $300-1000 for the use of a Classic Coach. Clients love the idea of that "Last Ride" in a Classic Hearse.
By 1962, Miller - Meteor was still considered One of the Top Four Players in the Coach Building Community. Though Cadillac shipped 2,280 Commercial 6890 Chassis' to all 4 of the different Coach Houses, it is said that, M & M built 50% of the Funeral Coaches that year. Only a small percentage of those were the expensive "Tri-Matic" (Automatic or Manual)Three-way Side Loaders so, once again- a very rare bird! To boot, having the side-door capability makes this a Z09 chassis- ultra-ultra rare. Once again, our research located only 1 other 1962 Miller-Meteor Landau Traditional 3-way Hearses in existence, 1 owned by a gentleman in Ontario, Canada, and another Endloader here in FL. ('none' are listed w/ Miller & Meteor Archive History) . We find most F.D.'s are brand conscious, allegiant to only one Coach Builder. This Traditional Landau model; is for the Ultimate Devotee of Miller & Meteor Hearses. Though born in the snow at 125 Clark Ave in Piqua, Ohio this Coach was garage kept it's entire life in a Salt-free Climate, so it's never been rusted! A true classic hearse , next-to-the- Last Model "Finned" Hearse. Price: SOLD
The Sixties in comparison to the Outrageous Fifties were not quite as Dynamic for the Funeral Car Industry. Detroit backed off the Outrageous Fin Designs and introduced for the First Time in the Early Sixties Styling Restraint and a more Austere Look not seen for some time... probably a good thing for the conservative Funeral people. Despite the fact the Big Finned 1959 Eureka or Superior Hearses are still considered "The Holy Grail" of all Classic Hearse body-styles...somehow, they "didn't quite fit" the low-key image of the Funeral Director parked in the driveway or port-coche' of the Funeral Home.