DREAMCARS Mount Dora, Fla. (352) 385-1945
'LOW MILEAGE' S&S VICTORIA HEARSE
SCOVIL ( S&S ) VICTORIA LANDAU 'ENDLOADER'
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TO MONTGOMERY ALABAMA
~SOLD FOR A
SECOND TIME AFTER A 3 YEAR 'BUY BACK'~
MANY OF THESE 70'S
VINTAGE HEARSES ARE JUST PLAIN USED-UP. BUT, YOU ARE LOOKING NOW AT ONE
OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF A 35 YEAR-OLD
IN THE MARKETPLACE. A TITLE
PROVEN 18,100 'ACTUAL MILEAGE' FUNERAL
COACH . THIS GREAT
VINTAGE PRO-CAR WAS MADE BY THE OLDEST, MOST RESPECTED, CUSTOM
COACH BUILDER IN THE BUSINESS.....S & S ( SAYERS
COACH BUILDERS OF LIMA, OHIO (CIRCA: 1890) WHO
WERE ACQUIRED BY HESS & EISENHARDT. THIS BEAUTY WAS PURCHASED
'NEW' IN NOV. 1976 WHILE ACTUALLY BEING DISPLAYED IN THE HESS AND
EISENHARDT COACHBUILDER'S BOOTH : IN THE
"FUNERAL DIRECTORS" CONVENTION.
OUR RECORDS SHOW
IT WAS THEN DELIVERED TO THE LEONARD E. BURANOVSKY FUNERAL HOME
IN A SMALL PENNSYLVANIA BOROUGH
WHERE IT SAW VERY LIMITED USE. WE WERE TOLD BY THE OWNER THIS TINY FUNERAL PARLOR
SPECIFIC DRIVER FOR THE ENTIRE LIFE
OF THE CAR AND HE BABIED, MAINTAINED AND STORED THE CAR IN A CLIMATE
CONTROLLED GARAGE. THIS FUNERAL HOME WAS BOUGHT OUT BY ANOTHER
"F.D." AND THE CAR WAS THEN USED ONLY UP TO UNTIL 1997, WHEN IT WAS
RESPECTFULLY RETIRED TO THE OWNERS GARAGE.
WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE SOLD THIS CAR 3+ YEARS AGO AND
WERE ABLE TO BUY IT BACK WHEN THE OWNERS HEALTH DETERIORATED.
THIS IS ONE OF ONLY
1,299 CARS BUILT IN '77 ON THE CADILLAC COMMERCIAL CHASSIS
ALL BODY STYLES, BY ALL FOUR OF THE
COACHBUILDERS (HEARSE, AMBULANCE, SERVICE CARS & PRO-CAR LIMOUSINES ) SOURCES SAY IT IS ONE OF APPROX.
416 'ENDLOADERS' BY S & S
HAND BUILT IN 1977
DESPITE THE FACT
THE NEW FRAMES WERE SHORTENED THIS YEAR JUST OVER 12"
S&S WOULD ADVERTISE IN THEIR BROCHURE
THIS COACH WAS ACTUALLY "THE LONGEST OF ALL THE COACHES BUILT, HAD THE WIDEST,
HIGHEST REAR DOOR IN THE INDUSTRY, THE LOWEST FRAME (FOR LOADING)AND CASKET
ROLLERS UNDER THE REAR DOOR"- WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED
THE MOST. THEN AGAIN, WE PARKED THIS HEARSE NEXT TO OUR '64 SUPERIOR 3-WAY AND
THE '77 S&S IS ONLY ABOUT 1" SHORTER... SO MUCH FOR MYTH !
A VERY POPULAR YEAR
FOR CADILLAC'S AS GM BUILT 369,254 CARS IN 1977 SO, THAT ALONE MAKES THIS A VERY LIMITED
AMAZINGLY, IT STILL
MINT ORIGINAL INTERIOR. THE EXTERIOR IS FINISHED
IN IT'S ORIGINAL 'TRADITIONAL HEARSE COLOR' "SABLE BLACK"
WITH THE "MEDIUM BLUE" D'ELEGANCE BROCADE INTERIOR (MINT) AND
BLACK 'LONG GRAIN' VINYL "SCULPTURED" ROOFLINE. THIS COACH
HAS ALL THE ORIGINAL
S&S / CADILLAC
INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE. IT CARRIES THE
425 CUBIC INCH 7.0 LITER V8
WITH 4-BARREL CARBURETOR (NOT
THE TROUBLESOME FUEL INJECTION) WITH THE 3-SPEED HYDRAMATIC TRANSMISSION.
ALL OF THESE S & S COACHES WERE BUILT ON THE NEW 8680-S
COMMERCIAL, LADDER -TYPE FRAME, CONSTRUCTED ON A MASTER JIG, WITH
CONTOURED STEEL ROOF FOR LASTING DEPENDABILITY
& SAFETY (WHILE 'OTHER COACHBUILDERS EXPERIMENTED WITH FIBERGLAS ROOFS).
POWER DISC BRAKES AND (17.5:1) STEERING MAKE THIS DREAMBOAT A
JOY TO DRIVE WHILE THE 3:08 REAR AXLE / TRANSMISSION COMBINATION
GIVES IMPROVED GAS MILEAGE....A WELCOME CHANGE FROM THE EARLIER
THIS IS THE FANCY
WITH THE OPTIONAL SWAG DRAPERIES, COLOR-MATCHED BLACK HUBCAPS
S & S BADGES, DOOR EDGE GUARDS,
THE TRADITIONAL S & S CHROME TRIANGLE HOOD ORNAMENT,
TILT WHEEL, DUAL REMOTE MIRRORS, LIT SIDE COACH LAMPS, CHROME WREATH
/ FUNERAL SHIELD PACKAGE, RARE S&S TAIL BADGE, AM/ FM RADIO W/ POWER ANTENNA
& NEW SPEAKERS, WALNUT
'CASKET TABLE' AND EVEN A COLLECTABLE 'S&S' FRONT LICENSE
PLATE. ALL S & S MODELS IN 1977 OFFERED DEEP-CUSHIONED SPLIT
SEAT BACK WITH CENTER FOLD-DOWN ARMREST, SHADED COMMERCIAL WINDSHIELD,
TINTED GLASS, PARTITION GLASS W/ SLIDING WINDOW, ELECTRIC POWER
WINDOWS, PERMANENT SET REAR DOOR GLASS, SPARE TIRE COMPARTMENT, BUILT-IN
CHURCH TRUCK WELL, TWO -WAY MANUAL SEATS, (3) DOME LIGHTS , ELEVEN
CASKET ROLLERS, SKID PLATES, HEAVY DUTY DEFROSTER
/ HEATER, YOU WERE OFFERED YOUR CHOICE OF ANY CADILLAC COLOR,
DAY-NIGHT MIRRORS, AND OVERSIZED DUAL PADDED SUNVISORS.
MADE COACH IS IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION, READY FOR WHATEVER THE
NEED MAY BE....CURRENT SERVICE, OR COLLECTOR CAR. IT IS NOT ONLY
ONE THE TRUE, LOWEST MILEAGE EXAMPLES LEFT OUT THERE BUT, THE MORE DESIRABLE
BLACK/ BLUE COLOR COMBINATION. ONLY SUPERIOR COACH 'SCULPTURED' THE REAR
SECTION OF THE COACH CABIN MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BUILT. IF YOU'RE TIRED OF LOOKING AT 'JUNK' ....YOU JUST
UPGRADED TO... THE VERY NICEST 35 YR OLD FUNERAL COACH OUT THERE.
Probably the most
often used 'catch phrase' in 1977 was "May The Force Be With
You".... as the Film 'Star Wars' helped the Movie Industry reach
a staggering $2.3 billion in ticket sales. Though, "Star
Wars" can't take all the credit- "Saturday Night Fever",
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and "Annie
Hall" also had
great Box Office grosses. The Boob
Tube was loaded with entertaining shows like "Laverne and
Shirley", "Happy Days", "Charlie's Angels",
"m*a*s*h*, and "Three's Company". Plenty of reasons to
put a smile on your face. While Gary Gilmore wasn't smiling when
he was shot by a STATE ORDERED Firing Squad for the cold-blooded
killing of a Utah gas station owner.... the first person to receive
the death penalty since 1967. Jimmy Carter was inaugurated President
and immediately Pardoned all Viet Nam Draft Resisters ( so you see, he wasn't
ALL bad), King Tut's
Tomb would be displayed all across America in an impressive Exhibition
and August 16 would see America's own King; Elvis Presley die
of an overdose of 14 drugs
in fact, ' ELVIS' went to his grave in a M-M
'Traditional' Coach much like
this one but, finished in Cotillion White~ (it would later burn to the ground
just a few miles North of our Museum)) Believe it or not, 'Beer Can Collecting" would
become a very popular hobby, topped by the President's own Brother's
Brand, "Billy Beer" (had to be a Nation caught in boredom).
This year "Lynryrd Skynyrd" a great Southern Rock Band
would suffer the loss of 3 of their band mates on Oct 20th when
their outdated / underserviced DC7 Prop Jet would crash killing
3 of the group including Ronnie Van Zant, Lead Singer. Other great
carry The Rock n' Roll Torch with albums by Fleetwood
Mac "Rumors", The Eagles "Hotel California",
Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams" and (get ready to gag)
Barry Manilow's "Live". In Sports, you might remember
Mohammed Ali came out of retirement to beat Ernie Shavers
but, most of us will Remember Best: the
more famous then the Dallas Cowboys themselves....they reached peak popularity
It was a
ball game for Funeral Directors in 1977, when the Custom Coach
Houses were handed an 'all new' re-designed Cadillac plus, fresh EPA Guidelines
and tighter emissions restrictions on Professional Service Vehicles.
Gone were the giant 22 foot long+ Hearses of the past....they
would be followed soon by 'Combination Coaches' and short wheelbase Ambulances. 1977 ushered
in a whole 'new era' of shorter vehicles. Even on First
Impression, the new body-styles were more crisp, offered more detailing
and "a new take on traditional design". The larger roof-
line offered a clean sweep of the body contours, a huge new rear
door with hidden latches (unlike some body builders, (like,
on the Chrysler Chassis). Once you opened those doors, gone were
the marble-ized look of the
old coffin table materials replaced
by the new d' Elegance Brocade, Mica Wood tables or Crushed Velvet Interiors....
so popular... it soon became an option with all the Coach Houses.
Rich Colors and Fabrics that had never been seen before
Amazingly, these Custom Coaches cost over double the price
of what a new 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham car cost ( Cadillac
Factory base price was $11,546) . It was called " a new era
of coach styling" with good reason....... every manufacturer
copied this body design and stuck with it well into the 90's.
Today it gives this coach a Modern Appeal - despite the
fact, it is over 35 years old. Watching Vintage Hearses take-off over the last 4
a Collectible, and use-able Service vehicle, this Funeral Car deserves
because of the mileage and original condition.
With regular production Coupes & Sedans fetching mid-teens now, these great,
Hand-Built, Custom Made Cars make a fabulous buy ...
1977 CADILLAC S & S 'VICTORIA' LANDAU