DREAMCARS Mount Dora, Fla. (352) 385-1945
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TO A GREAT HOME IN CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO
CADILLAC S & S (SAYERS & SCOVILL) 3-WAY 'SIDELOADER' FUNERAL
WE HAD BEEN FOLLOWING
THIS COACH FOR SIX MONTHS TILL WE ALMOST 'RAN OUT OF GAS'. WE WERE FINALLY ABLE
TO BUY HER AND SHIP HER TO FLA. IT IS A VERY RARE SIDE-LOADER BUILT BY SAYERS AND SCOVILL - THE
MOST RESPECTED COACH BUILDER IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS CAR HAS
THE CAPABILITY TO REMOVE THE CASKET FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE CAR,
OR FROM THE REAR. NOT ONLY A GORGEOUS 'FINNED' '62 CADILLAC BUT,
A BEAUTIFUL HAND BUILT COACH BODY ON THE EXTENDED FRAME. IT IS
FINISHED IN THE TRADITIONAL MASON'S BLACK WITH BLACK LEATHER AND
TWO-TONE GRAY INTERIOR AND BLACK LONG GRAIN VINYL TOP. THIS MODEL
FEATURED THE EXPENSIVE 'MOVABLE' SLIDE-OUT CASKET TABLE THAT WAS
ORDERED (THANKFULLY) MANUALLY OPERATED. IT HAS POWER STEERING,
POWER BRAKES, 390 /325 H.P. V8 WITH THE 3-SPEED HYDRAMATIC TRANSMISSION.
YOU WON'T BE LISTENING TO 'TUNES' IN THIS ONE- IT'S RADIO DELETE.
IT CARRIES A RECENT SET OF WIDE WHITEWALL RADIALS AND ORIGINAL
MILEAGE OF 66,300 ( THAT'S JUST 1,411 MILES PER YEAR!) . THIS
PARTICULAR CAR WAS OWNED AND LEASED OUT FOR SERVICE BY THE
FUNERAL COACH CO. IN LOUISVILLE KY. AND WAS BABIED AND
KEPT IN DRY STORAGE FOR ALL IT'S LIFE BUT, LIKE MANY OF THESE OLD COACHES IT WAS
FINALLY IGNORED . HENCE, IT SADLY HAD SOME LOWER
BODY (ROCKERS & DOORS) RUST BUBBLES BUT, IN REALITY... MANY DO. WE HAVE
SENT IT FOR RESTORATION TO SOUTH FLA. AND GENERAL DETAIL. THE ORIGINAL DASH
AND INTERIOR ARE EXCEPTIONAL AND CAR RUNS WELL. OUR BOOKS SHOW
JUST OVER 125 OF THESE WERE BUILT IN 1962 MAKING THIS ONE UNIQUE
AUTOMOBILE. 'STIMULUS' PRICED TO SELL + RESTORATION.
SORRY, WE SOLD IT IMMEDIATELY:
PLEASE NOTE; UPON DELIVERY THIS COACH WAS INVITED TO BE
ON THE 2010 PCS (PROFESSIONAL CAR SOCIETY) CALENDAR. SEE 'SEPT-2010'
1962 was a year
that had most of us sitting on the edge of our chairs.
The United States narrowly missed a Nuclear War as President Kennedy
sought a diplomatic solution to a brush with Russia over Missiles
in Cuba. The U.S. responded by instituting a Ban on Trade with
the tiny island. Cuba responded by convicting 1,179 "Bay
of Pigs" prisoners to 30 years in prison for Treason. Yet,
most folks don't know that Mr. Kennedy also deployed the Military
Assistance Command to South Vietnam that same year. On
a happier note: West Coast Surfing Music made a National breakout
and many of us rushed out and strapped surfboards to the top's
of our cars. Dick Dale would start a guitar fashion trend by his
'staccato picking' Music style through a Fender Reverb Amp. That
device seemed to capture the power & romance of the surf.
Soon every band worth it's salt was out buying the units.
Despite the fact, the Beach Boys didn't surf at all, they hit
the charts at #1 singing "Surfin' Safari". If you wanted
to freak out you hit the Movie Theater and saw "What
Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Yet, it was Anne Bancroft that won Best Actress with her stellar
performance in "Miracle Worker. If you drank liquor... you
might curb your use after seeing "Days of Wine & Roses"
with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remmick. Now we laugh but, the snooty
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences asked Liz Taylor
to give back her Best Actress Oscar after learning
about her torrid
affair on the
set of "Cleopatra", with Richard Burton. Many of you
remember the Golden
Oldie Times through
Music- if so, perhaps you remember trying to secretly sing or
hum the HIGH NOTES on "Big Girls Don't Cry, or "Sherry"
( 4 Seasons) or "Roses Are Red" with Bobby Vinton. If
you didn't like the music then.....you may remember Vaugh Meader's
Comedy Album "The First Family" as he mimicked The Kennedy's
in the White House. It was the fastest selling album of the time
that is, until Kennedy was assassinated- Meader's career died
with Kennedy. Best TV Shows were "Hazel" (the Maid),
"Andy Griffith Show" (the Cop) "Candid Camera"
(the Voyeur ) and "Bonanza" (the Cowboys). This would
be the year Marilyn Monroe would die from a barbiturate enema
and Hugh Hefner would open more Playboy Key Clubs. Later, he would
buy the crypt next to Marilyn as a testament to his enduring admiration.
The exciting new Corvette Sting Ray "Split Window" Coupe
would be introduced in Sept. 1962 and this sleek fastback Coupe,
with it's timeless styling, would become an Icon Car for
years to come.
Sadly, Hearses &
Ambulances are still overlooked by some Car Clubs & organizations
like N.A.D.A that have failed to recognize the fact that, until
you stop the prejudice against these cars, just because they ARE
hearses, they will never have the opportunity to be totally appreciated
by the Masses. There is nothing to be afraid of. They were simply
Service Vehicles that provided a function of daily life. ( perhaps,
they need to recognize their own Mortality before they can appreciate
the place in automotive history these old cars provide). We "All
Gotta Go Sometime" and these great, hand built Funeral Coaches
were testimony to the fact that, not only were they State of The
Art Delivery Vehicles but, that American's could hold their
own against the European's in the Coach Building Professional.
Each Coach was hand laid from metal in shops by 5-6 different
Coach Builders. Nearly all made their Headquarters in Ohio. They
all shared the Cadillac limited built Extended Frame but, the
coach work was different.... from the front clip to the rear bumper.
The windshields and side windows were usually the taller Commercial
Glass and the entire body including the 'casket chamber' was constructed
entirely of metal (actually, Superior was the first to start the
use of Fiberglas in the Sixties-first on rear tail light housings
and then on body caps). Each one is truly unique in that
the F.D.'s all had different specifications and many were ordered
with one-of-a-kind options.
Sayers & Scovill
advertised their car as "The Only Professional Car
with the [rear] Door Hinged on the Left (at no extra cost). One
of the many New, Excellent, Engineered Design features which you
will see on the S & S Professional Cars. As Always S &
S leads the way....because it's a Proud Professional."
Please let us
be the first to recognize and correct the following mis-conceptions:
1. All Hearses have
2. All Hearses have
had exceptional care
3. Most Hearses
NONE OF THESE
STATEMENTS ARE CORRECT
In fact, we have
found with three years of constant research ....it is actually
JUST THE OPPOSITE.
The Sixties introduced
another Milestone Decade with a total styling change and completely
new bodies- the most significant body style change in over a decade.
Superior, for instance, offered 57 models. They bragged in their
advertising campaign that they had a body style..."For Every
Professional Preference". Call me prejudiced but, I think
the 1961-1964 model's were the best looking, best styled, sculptured,
crisp-lined, non-Box-Like Coaches ever offered. A pleasant departure
from the garish lines of the GlitzMobile 1959-1960 Series and
yet, still fully functional. The Big Finned cars were hardly suitable
for the conservative funeral trade. By this time, Sayers and Scovill
had merged with into Hess & Eisenhart and the quality reputation
continued. Unlike the Disco-decorated Miller / Meter coaches,
the S & S continued it's conservative appeal throughout it's
interior and exterior body styles. This coach is testimony to
the longevity and built-in quality that was instilled in each
Coach that left the factory. Let's not forget- these were full
service vehicles that were used in all weather , 7 days a week,
52 weeks a year. To find one, in this condition, after 47 years....
is an achievement ! Thanks to the Professional
for finally recognizing these great old cars.