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Adam Borkat
01-23-2012, 12:00 PM
Anyone remember the story on these unusual coaches? I used to know, but I've forgotten more than I can remember...

buick hearse - $800 (denmark) (http://greenbay.craigslist.org/cto/2788403311.html)
Date: 2012-01-07, 3:23PM CST
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1985 buick hearse 48,400 original miles needs work good project. it has been sitting for 5 years due to a fuel issue. tires are flat. it has a little rust not much call for details $800 o.b.o.
Tom- (920)217-3529

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John Royark JR
01-23-2012, 12:13 PM
Its a Collins Savoy. They are so ugly I have kinda wanted one. I have heard they were not built well and not very well liked. Thats about all I can say. I would also like to learn more about them.

Keith Snyder
01-23-2012, 12:28 PM
Jphn's right. The was Savoy built by Collins. These were simply center cut Electra sedans with a section interted into the middle. Like most early Collins offerings, they were horrible cars. And because they were FWD, these Collins coaches were structurally unsound and of amazingly poor quality. I'm surprized that this one has survived so long. And, John you're right....they were/are ugly.

Ken Novak
01-23-2012, 12:39 PM
The production on these FWD Collins Buick and Cadillac Hearses was very low. I remember talking to Collins Industries in the late eighties and was old about 20 of each were built. ?

Paul Steinberg
01-23-2012, 12:39 PM
Sitting for 5 years as a result of a fuel issue is really bad news. I let a car sit for 6 months, and the fuel went bad, and I still haven't been able to get it running. The new fuels are terrible, and do major damage to the injector systems as the fuel ages. I could relate lots of horror stories about what happens to engines that are left unused for a period of years.

John Royark JR
01-23-2012, 12:49 PM
Sitting for 5 years as a result of a fuel issue is really bad news. I let a car sit for 6 months, and the fuel went bad, and I still haven't been able to get it running. The new fuels are terrible, and do major damage to the injector systems as the fuel ages. I could relate lots of horror stories about what happens to engines that are left unused for a period of years.

Yup, plus all the computer and electronics/sensors also like to corrode, potentially making it a very expensive nightmare to get it going again.

Attila Bethlenfalvy
01-23-2012, 01:50 PM
Aaaaaaand now I know what this is, spotted in a wrecking yard last year - not that it was a burning question. Thanks for the education guys.

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Ken Novak
01-23-2012, 02:08 PM
I have like four unopened CASES of the sales literature for these Collins FWD Buick and Cadillac Hearses, also another three unopened CASES of the separate sales literature for the Collins matching FWD Buick and Cadillac limousines....lol

Scott Crittenden
01-23-2012, 03:54 PM
Jphn's right. The was Savoy built by Collins. These were simply center cut Electra sedans with a section interted into the middle. Like most early Collins offerings, they were horrible cars. And because they were FWD, these Collins coaches were structurally unsound and of amazingly poor quality. I'm surprized that this one has survived so long. And, John you're right....they were/are ugly.

That's pretty much what John Keel explained to me while checking one out on Carl's lot. I remember the one we saw had a panel instead of a window in the stretch section. I too think an example of these should be preserved, just not sure who wants to step up!

Danny Ryder
01-23-2012, 05:01 PM
They are ugly enough that I would like to have one.

Paul Steinberg
01-23-2012, 05:52 PM
They are ugly enough that I would like to have one.

You have been hanging around with Josh too much. He wants one of everything also... :yum: