The manufacturing of petrol-driven began in 1909 in the United States. Cadillac started building hearses in 1916 and remain a major player in the industry today.
Cadillac created a “commercial chassis” which is a stronger version of the long-wheelbase Fleetwood limousine. The commercial chassis allows for extra weight of the body, cargo and rear deck.
Below is a history of Cadillac hearses manufactured throughout the decades.
1916 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse
The oldest know Cadillac hearse to exist. Mourners could view the casket when the drapes were pulled back.
1941 Cadillac Gothic Carved-Panel Hearse
1946 Cadillac Limousine-Style Hearse by Superior
1953 Cadillac Landau Hearse by Superior
1955 Cadillac Flower Car
1956 Cadillac Limousine-Style Ambulance
1957 Cadillac Imperial Sedan by Fleetwood
1959 Cadillac Landau Combination
1960 Cadillac Victoria Landau Hearse
1970 Cadillac Crown Sovereign
Photos via HearseWorks