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Channing Spencer
10-17-2016, 06:24 PM
1965 Buick Wildcat Hearse/Ambulance combination coach. all original condition. 80k original miles. The coach was built on a Buick Wildcat chassis by National Coach in Knightstown, Indiana. Very few were ever made. It was sold new to a funeral home in Washington state then Idaho. It was retired in the early 90's and collector owned since. This is a barn find. not run in almost ten years and the engine needs work. It is a very solid restoration project because it has never been driven in the midwestern salt. Has a gumball beacon ray and under hood siren. Factory a/c front and back. Stored indoors the past ten years, all glass is perfect. asking $5900.00. interesting trades considered. call

for showing. ********PLEASE NOTE, THE PICTURES AT THE BOTTOM ARE MORE CURRENT PICTURES WHERE THE CAR IS DARK BLUE************** It was repainted before it was placed in storage, the other pictures show it with it's original paint. I included those because they are much more detailed. The car does not run so it is hard to get good pictures, if you would like more detailed current pictures I'll do my best to take them.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

Steve Loftin
10-17-2016, 06:50 PM
Please post a link.

Rick Franklin
10-17-2016, 06:50 PM
Is this your car, Channing? Do you know where in Washington it served?

W David Bessant
10-17-2016, 07:20 PM
this looks like a craig's list item, here is a link:

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/5831419428.html

Dave

Brady D Smith
10-17-2016, 08:26 PM
Background looks familiar.

Rick Franklin
10-17-2016, 08:55 PM
Background looks familiar.

in looking at the Craigslist pictures I can see FANTIN in the window signs

Channing Spencer
10-17-2016, 09:07 PM
Sorry about forgetting the link. This is not my car. I was browsing craigslist during a brief moment of down-time today, and I noticed the add. I thought that there would be folks with an interest on this site, so I posted.

Keith Snyder
10-17-2016, 10:00 PM
It is a very early 1965 National-Buick built using the tooling Flxible had prepared for their never-produced 1965 models. The last I knew , Tim Fantin owned this rare car. As far as I know, the pictures accompanying this ad were all taken by Tim.

Tim A. Fantin
10-18-2016, 12:12 AM
Was my car at one time. I bought it from Bob Hedges shortly after the 1995 meet in Fort Wayne. It was from a firm in Idaho. I sold it to Larry Freels and he had it repainted a darker blue. Currently not owned by me but the owner has it stored under my carport. Good solid ultra rare combination coach for somebody. Hope it finds a good home. Has Flxible markings.

Bill Marcy
10-18-2016, 08:41 AM
It sure is a nice looking combo, I like the color change too. The problem is that it sat so long, you could spend thousands just getting it up and running, unless you can do it yourself. But, as Tim said, I sure hope it finds a good home.

Daniel Scully
10-18-2016, 06:43 PM
Was my car at one time. I bought it from Bob Hedges shortly after the 1995 meet in Fort Wayne. It was from a firm in Idaho. I sold it to Larry Freels and he had it repainted a darker blue. Currently not owned by me but the owner has it stored under my carport. Good solid ultra rare combination coach for somebody. Hope it finds a good home. Has Flxible markings.

Tim ,What Flxible markings does this have on it? Thanks

Tim A. Fantin
10-19-2016, 03:29 PM
Tim ,What Flxible markings does this have on it? Thanks

The sill plates say Flxible as does the large plate at the edge of the rear floor. The other 65 National Buick Bob Hedges had did not have these markings. Does that mean this was one of the first ones National built using the Flxible parts? Maybe

Daniel Scully
10-20-2016, 12:32 AM
The sill plates say Flxible as does the large plate at the edge of the rear floor. The other 65 National Buick Bob Hedges had did not have these markings. Does that mean this was one of the first ones National built using the Flxible parts? Maybe

Got it .Thanks I called and left a message but have not heard back anything yet.

Keith Snyder
10-20-2016, 12:42 AM
The sill plates say Flxible as does the large plate at the edge of the rear floor. The other 65 National Buick Bob Hedges had did not have these markings. Does that mean this was one of the first ones National built using the Flxible parts? Maybe

Most likely, Tim. Flxible sold all of its professional car dies and tooling to National and that, as far is we know, also included any components for these vehicles that had already been produced for these cars. This may well have been one of the very first Nationals built using existing Flxible tooling and components - all assembled in Knightstown.

David Henry
10-14-2017, 01:15 PM
https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/cto/d/1965-buick-wildcat-hearse/6327957599.html

“For Sale: 1965 Buick Hearse/Ambulance combination coach, all original, 80,000 actual miles, this is a barn find car, not running being sold as-is. Very rare car with only a handful being built. Was purchased new by a funeral home in Pasco, Washington then went to a funeral home in Idaho. It was retired from funeral service in 1994. Has been in collector hands since and never driven on salted winter roads. The car was repainted a darker blue about 15 years ago. The last two pictures are current. It's not running and difficult to get current pictures. It has factory A/C. It still has the gumball beacon light and under hood siren. price $5900.00. Call 219-954-0333 for more information. If no answer please keep trying.”

John ED Renstrom
10-14-2017, 02:00 PM
I believe this one is just south of Gillette WY.

Daniel Scully
10-14-2017, 10:27 PM
I believe this one is just south of Gillette WY.

Know of anyone in that area that could take a look at it? Thanks

John ED Renstrom
10-14-2017, 10:33 PM
that means this is not the one I was thinking about.

Tim Prieur
10-14-2017, 11:40 PM
I have to say, in the non pro collector car world, given it's rarity and (under that dust) presumed quality, this is a terrific buy. Actually no, an unbelievable buy.

Bill Marcy
10-15-2017, 12:02 AM
I really think this is a beauty and probably worthy of someone's attention.

Robert Falcon
01-24-2018, 07:04 PM
I have tried numerous times to buy this car and no return calls. After much frustration I gave up and found a gorgeous 1964 Cotner-Bevington Oldsmobile to add to my 1948 Superior Pontiac and 1956 Superior Cadillac.

John ED Renstrom
01-24-2018, 10:46 PM
you do wonder on some of these weather it a come on scam or not. there was a CB WA I made the call on going threw and never got a answer. did it twice a week apart

Bill Marcy
01-24-2018, 10:46 PM
I have tried numerous times to buy this car and no return calls. After much frustration I gave up and found a gorgeous 1964 Cotner-Bevington Oldsmobile to add to my 1948 Superior Pontiac and 1956 Superior Cadillac.

Sounds like a nice collection of professional cars you have there! We would like to see some pictures of them.

Tim A. Fantin
03-17-2018, 06:04 PM
Glad to say the car found a new home. Congrads to Larry and the new owner!