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Richard Vyse
01-20-2017, 04:11 PM
One of my FD's is vacationing in Puerto Rico this week and saw this funeral procession. Anyone want to take a stab at what vehicles we see... Appears to be two hearses as well.

Noah Dorsey
01-20-2017, 05:49 PM
I don't know, but that rear window design is awesome.

Tim Prieur
01-20-2017, 06:21 PM
The first pic shows a 70/71 Ranchero.

Tim Cenowa
01-20-2017, 06:37 PM
The hearse with the three window rear door looks like a 1980's era Cadillac.

Adam Borkat
01-20-2017, 08:01 PM
That Cadillac isn't that strange one-off Eldorado, is it? I can't find it in my books or photos right now, but I remember the weird three windows in the back door.

Adam Borkat
01-20-2017, 08:14 PM
Nevermind, I found it. Similar, but details (body lines, license plate holder, etc.) are different.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/cb/4d/46/cb4d4603abc5edc05cab8b9183080ddf.jpg

Keith Snyder
01-20-2017, 08:36 PM
Thanks to Adam for saving me the effort of digging out this piece of literature. To the best of my recollection, there were just two of these Eldorado-based funeral coaches built and sold by the Barron Corporation under the Miller-Meteor banner. I remember seeing the prototype on display at an NFDA convention when first introduced. Unusual to say the least. At least we now know where one of them ended up in service and that at least one has survived.

John ED Renstrom
01-20-2017, 08:55 PM
Did not Collins have a back window some what the same.

Martin Harvey
01-20-2017, 09:20 PM
We had a Ranchero used as a flower car here back in 1975 ! Catholic french funerals are not what they used to be, there was a lot more flowers back then.

Bill Marcy
01-20-2017, 09:48 PM
The first pic shows a 70/71 Ranchero.

For some reason, I think it looks like a 77 to 79 Ranchero based on the LTD II design, but I could be wrong.

Tim Prieur
01-20-2017, 10:31 PM
For some reason, I think it looks like a 77 to 79 Ranchero based on the LTD II design, but I could be wrong.

Bill, you are bang on! I show my age. :thumbsup:

Martin Harvey
01-21-2017, 06:57 AM
Here is a picture in 1975 of our Ranchero owned by my boss, often used as a flower car. I think it was a cyclist who was hit by a car ...

Richard Vyse
01-21-2017, 11:13 AM
Did a google search and found this. I asked FD to check funeral homes in area trying to locate the Eldo. Notice the roof line difference.

Larry Sears
01-22-2017, 01:09 AM
A.A. Rayner & Son's Funeral Home in Chicago used one of these on Mayor Harold Washington's funeral in 1987.

Keith Snyder
01-22-2017, 10:52 AM
Did not Collins have a back window some what the same.

Yes, Ed, I believe you're right. If memory serves me, Collins did use a similar rear door window design for some of its ill-fated and best forgotten 1986 front wheel-drive offerings.

Kurt Arends
01-22-2017, 10:56 AM
Everything about the photo that Richard posted says '85-'86 deVille to me. I don't see it as being an Eldorado at all.

Chuck Kramer
01-22-2017, 02:09 PM
Yes, Ed, I believe you're right. If memory serves me, Collins did use a similar rear door window design for some of its ill-fated and best forgotten 1986 front wheel-drive offerings.

search: coachbuilt.com Professional Cars Look under Miller/Meteor

Kent Dorsey
01-22-2017, 03:34 PM
I was thinking that in the mid 90's during my brief stint selling cars, I encountered a FWD mid to late 80's Cadillac hearse with that window treatment on back, it was a medium blue at a firm in eastern NC.. was thinking it was some incarnation of Miller-Meteor...

John ED Renstrom
01-22-2017, 08:38 PM
I will have to check my pictures they are not on this tablit

Attila Bethlenfalvy
01-23-2017, 09:35 AM
Not 1 of the 2 Eldorado. Kudos to Kent for remembering accurately.

Sold this '86 9/14 to a TX collector - proving hideous oddities can receive love.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/419/32481883495_ecfa3a13a8_b.jpg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/649/32481886005_ae7b69255f_b.jpg

Richard Vyse
01-23-2017, 11:36 AM
Seems this mystery has been solved.

Kent Dorsey
01-23-2017, 12:16 PM
During that era, it seemed that any odd appearing or weird stuff was what was targeted by dealers to be shipped out of the country... wasn't uncommon for a dealer to sell 4 hearses at one time to a broker who shipped them to other countries.
(Meanwhile back at the ranch, after thinking of the FWD hearse I spotted 20 years ago, I think back to an episode of Adam 12 Carol and I were watching last year, the actor playing the grocery store manager looked familiar... after about 22 seconds I told her I had it, "that's Larry Storch...was on F Troop...". She waited until the credits rolled and yes, it was Larry Storch... she then inquired as to how I could even walk around and function with such useless information stored within...

John ED Renstrom
01-23-2017, 12:17 PM
yes that is the one I have it labeled a Collins built MM