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Old 02-07-2010, 05:59 PM
Josh Gentry Josh Gentry is offline
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First of all, even though I have owned more Superior's than Miller Meteor's, and have nothing against Superior's. or any other coaches, I am just more partial to Miller Meteor's, but I was wondering, what makes the MM's seem more desirable to us Pro Car collectors? Even though the MM's weren't the top of the line coach, and seemed to be more of a coach for a Funeral Director or Ambulance Service on a budget, in my opinion they are one of the most well built, and best designed coaches, and seem to hold up better than any of the others. For example, I was out in the shop a couple of weeks ago, and my neighbor came over, and while yes my Superior is torn all apart right now, he has seen it several times before I started the restoration, he thought my 67 MM was about 10 years newer than the 71 Superior. Even the 71 MM I use to own, was in better shape than my 71 Superior, or any of the other Superior's I've owned. Even the 90 Superior. Although, I have to say, the 81 S&S seemed to have held up extremely well, it seems like the MM's hold up the best. and seem to be a better quality built coach. So, lets hear your 2 cents.

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Old 02-07-2010, 06:11 PM
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For the most part I agree with Josh here but think alot has to do with year of car as I have seen some built better than others of all types. I usually prefer the straight window lines like Josh's car as to the curved tops of Superior of same year. I say good and bad in all of them.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:30 PM
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Like Danny, my love of Miller-Meteors has always been about the style too. I like the straight roof lines and windows in the M-Ms.

Superiors of the same vintage just have too many angles. I've never liked S&S coaches either. They just looked boring to me and I didn't like their landau bars or date marks.

I have always loved the late '50s and early '60s Eurekas though. There's something really classy and art deco about them.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:37 PM
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To say MMs are more desirable to procar collectors is a narrow perspective from your viewpoint alone. Others can speak for themselves.

Certainly each make has strengths and weaknesses. Each person has there own criteria for such basis as well. After all, aesthetics rank highest and Superior reigns supreme, with gracefully flowing lines.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:43 PM
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I have always loved the late '50s and early '60s Eurekas though. There's something really classy and art deco about them.
Sarah, I agree, I even love the erly 50s Eureka's. There just beautiful and classy looking coaches.

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Old 02-07-2010, 07:03 PM
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Thumbs up Josh opens a can of.....

Well Josh you have done a fine job of opening a can of.... we all know how that goes. Why do we like Miller-Meteor coaches compared to others. Maybe its the way the name rolls off your tougue. Maybe it is because they seem to be the (or one of the) underdogs in the mix of coaches. Like Dan said there are probably good ones and bad ones in anyones line of products.
Could be it is the people that own them. Or maybe it is a combination of cars and people. This could end up being a long discussion.
For me the 61 M-M was my first procar experience. This has been such a great coach all these years there has never been any thought as to replacing it. I have thouhgt of getting an additional coach.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:31 PM
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Well, my love for M-M started for me as a small child when most of the area funeral homes here operated Miller-Meteor coaches! One of those funeral homes was our funeral home that operated two M-M ambulances that started my love for pro-cars to begin with anyway! Also, this area was a hotbed for Miller-Meteor with Lebanon being home to both an M-M dealer, Dixie Coach Company and a M-M distributor, Perry's M-M Sales and another M-M dealer over in Nashville, Anderson M-M Sales! Not to mention that I do own four Miller-Meteor coaches!
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:51 PM
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For various reason which most of you know, my 70 caddy MM combo will always be at my side and I may even take my last ride in it someday but after selling Peter Jennings my 85 caddy eureka limostyle hearse I have not been able to settle on my next car to maybe keep along with the 70. I have several neat cars right now but none have grown on me to point of keeping anytime. Maybe the 74 criterion will change that?
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:54 PM
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I just wanna say, that I am in no way saying that Miller-Meteor's are better than any other coach, I'm just giving my opinion. I have owned a few Superior's, and stil do own one, and I always will own it as far as i'm concerned, And, I have owned a S&S, and yes, I would own another one. Like others have said, they all have there good and bad. So again, this is just,

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Old 02-07-2010, 09:14 PM
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For me...an 85 Eureka ROCKS!!!
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