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Old 09-12-2017, 01:10 AM
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Given the black paint on the door jam, the deep red crushed velvet interior, what is left of it, and the two cut outs in the floor at the rear, I would be more inclined to believing that this was a hearse, or at best, a combination vehicle, as others have previously said. As for the grab bar at the back of the vehicle, that has me wondering when it was added, or if it originally served a different purpose. Possibly one of our more members with knowledge of the time period that this was built, will have some answers. It was not unusual for funeral homes to give old hearses to fire department for fire equipment cars, once they had served out there original purpose as a hearse, and were no longer needed for services. Back then, in the funeral business, it was all about perception, and a 10 year old hearse looked grossly dated, and to some it gave the impression that the funeral home wasn't doing well financially.
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Paul: Case in point.....my first professional car at 15 years old was a 1938 Buick Series 90 Limited Limo that Berry-Bell Mortuary purchased new and gave to our local Fallbrook Fire Dept in the early 50's who converted it in to a Sedan Ambulance. MM
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That so called "grab bar" at the rear of the car was a styling affectation applied to all Superior professional cars from the mid-Thirties through the early Forties. As far as I am aware, it served no useful function but looked classy.
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Given the black paint on the door jam, the deep red crushed velvet interior, what is left of it, and the two cut outs in the floor at the rear, I would be more inclined to believing that this was a hearse, or at best, a combination vehicle, as others have previously said. As for the grab bar at the back of the vehicle, that has me wondering when it was added, or if it originally served a different purpose. Possibly one of our more members with knowledge of the time period that this was built, will have some answers. It was not unusual for funeral homes to give old hearses to fire department for fire equipment cars, once they had served out there original purpose as a hearse, and were no longer needed for services. Back then, in the funeral business, it was all about perception, and a 10 year old hearse looked grossly dated, and to some it gave the impression that the funeral home wasn't doing well financially.

"Crushed Velvet"? There was no such thing in 1941. That would be Mohair! I think that it is safe to assume that this coach was originally a combo or end-loader, based on the roller cut-outs in the sil plate/floor access door. I hope that it sold to someone who will preserve its history and restore it to when it served as a fire department support rig.
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"Crushed Velvet"? There was no such thing in 1941. That would be Mohair!
I used the term "crushed velvet", because today, most of our members under the age of 50, have no idea what "mohair" is or was.
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Just "ribbing you" Paul. I figured that you could tell the difference.
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Mohair is what I wish I had! Also don't forget Mosstread Carpeting.A Packard favorite,
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How much do you need? I always watch for the stuff. I have a HUGE burgundy mohair panel that hung behind an alter in a church, so it was never exposed to direct sunlight.
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