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Old 10-27-2009, 06:09 PM
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Came across this online, and while I know it's a 1961 Pontiac ambulance, I've never seen a roofline like this. Any idea who the coachmaker is?

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Old 10-27-2009, 07:24 PM
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That is a Memphian Military Spec. Ambulance. Man and I seen it said 61 Pontiac and got excited thinking it might be a Dixie to. Maybe next time!
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:16 PM
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Came across this online, and while I know it's a 1961 Pontiac ambulance, I've never seen a roofline like this. Any idea who the coachmaker is?
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:34 PM
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Thank you both! I knew somewhere here would know. I went out to coachbuilt.com, and found this:

"The last known coaches built by Memphis were also their most unusual. A small series of 1961 Pontiac-Memphian ambulances were built for the US Air Force that featured an extended wheelbase (at least 24") and an incredibly tall 48" high fiberglass raised-roof assembly that was placed on top of standard-height Pontiac 4-door sedan doors. The windshield was stock as well, but Memphis incorporated some very unusual rear taillights that were definitely not sourced from Pontiac. The 24" stretch was accomplished using the standard Memphis method. The leading edges of the rear doors were extended by 12" as were the leading edges of the rear quarter panels."





I always get excited to see these oddball cars found. Too ambitious for me, but still very cool stuff to see. I hope this one finds a good home!

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Old 10-27-2009, 11:18 PM
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now that one is vary do able. it just depends on how much of the none pon stuff is still there. needs painted for sure but to me it looks as complete as any old ambulance out there. with the exception of the side molding missing. that would be a challenge to find. were in wy is it?
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:52 PM
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If its a glass roof why does there appear to be rust running off the top? I think this is one of the more distinctive ambulances that could be restored IMHO.
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were in wy is it?
It's actually in Indiana. The moderators don’t like us posting for business classified ads, so I can’t say specifically. But, I will tell you if you Google search “1961 Pontiac ambulance” and click on images….
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Memphis did not do a glass roof that i know of but they could have done a run for the government. so there may be some facts not known. I understood they used the superior pon not the caddy because the caddy had the glass roof. and the specks called for a steel roof. same as the CBs this car most definitely has a steel roof. the thing with Memphis coach is they used the same top on everything.
look at all there cars and it has the same top back door arrangement. and pon were not the only car they built on. the reason I asked were it was is if you right click on it, it comes up with a wy in the name.
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..."and an incredibly tall 48" high fiberglass raised-roof assembly that was placed on top of standard-height Pontiac 4-door sedan doors..."
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If its a glass roof why does there appear to be rust running off the top? ...
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...the specks called for a steel roof...
I'm not sure the statement about the fiberglass from Coachbuilt.com is correct. I believe that Memphis built all steel roofs. My (now Blackie's) '57 Memphis DeSoto had a steel roof. And Ed is correct with the fact that the military required a steel roof, which is why the Superiors had a different roof for the military vs. the civilian ambulance.

Can anyone say for sure?
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That company also has a 1967 Pontiac Consortfor sale at $2500.

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