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Hearse Spotlight: The Thundertaker – A Killer Cadillac Custom Car

We thought it was high time we dedicated some space to admiring some of the amazing custom hearses out there today.  For our first spotlight piece we’re looking at the Thundertaker, an amazing custom Cadillac hearse.

The 1960 Cadillac hearse Thundertaker shown below is the creation Bryan Fuller and his shop Fuller Hot Rods.  Fuller is a longtime fan of hearses and frequently drove a hearse around as a form of transportation.  Fuller craved a little more and the Thundertaker was born.

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This Thundertaker rides on one of the longest hot rod chassis out there. Fuller and his team loaded this Cadillac with every entertainment electronics available. The leather and every bolt, top of the line.  All in, Fuller estimates the project took well over 6,000 hours.  “There was, at the very least, one guy on the car for 40 hours a week for three years,” Fuller says, “but the harder the build is, the more rewarding it is in the end.”

The 1960 Cadillac Superior Coachworks hearse certainly has come alive with this incredible customization job.

 

Do you know about a custom or otherwise amazing hearse we should spotlight in our series?  Share it in the comments below!


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A Custom Hearse Sure to Please Funeral Car Fans

 

Most funeral car enthusiasts purchase their cars for one of a few reasons. Some love the vehicles’ power. Some enjoy the quality craftsmanship. Many cite the cars’ ability to stand up well to hard use. Virtually all have one thing in common, however, a love for the vehicles’ innate beauty.

But a funeral home in South Carolina has a truly one of a kind custom hearse they make available for clients.  Hines Funeral Home, located in Hartsville, made headlines when they invested in a custom built “Timeless Hearse“.

The “Timeless Hearse,” as the owner calls it is unique in several ways. Rather than the traditional black, the hearse is painted in a brilliant white. However, it is the design that truly has heads turning and people talking.  It is based on a blend of the owner’s favorite features of three classic cars: the 1931 Rolls Royce, the 1932 Duisenberg and the 1934 healthsavy.com Packard.

The chassis actually has two main frames rather than the traditional single frame, making the body 50% stronger. The vehicle features air suspension and a 5.3 liter V8 engine. The engine runs on gasoline, bio fuel or any mixture of the two.

The car’s body is made of a Kevlar composite, making it virtually impervious to corrosion. The trim is created from the highest grade surgical steel and hand polished to a perfect mirror finish. The wood is all hand polished African mahogany, also bearing a mirror finish. Even the hubcaps are unique, gold plated in 18k and featuring the funeral home’s name offset in black letters in the center.

The owners are mum on the total price of the new funeral car, but claim that it was less expensive than their usual budget for a new car.  The vehicle is classic and elegant, and well worth a look.


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Looking for Something Original? Consider a Customized Hearse

If you’ve ever been interested in buying one of the hearses for sale that you see in the paper or at a dealership, think about what kept you from making the purchase.  Sure, a nice hearse is pretty much a ready-made statement piece but maybe you thought there was something missing.  After all, traditionally there hasn’t been a whole lot of artistic diversity when it comes to hearses.  When looking at the local secondhand market for hearses, older ambulances and other similar cars, you can often start to feel like if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.

That’s where customization comes into plaMotleyCrueHearsey.  Having a hearse customized can be a bit more of a challenge than your average car customization.  But any company that offers high-end car customization will be able to discuss plans for a hearse just as they would any other car.  Custom car shops are often home to some of the most creative artists and technicians who can hook you up with a one-off paint ambien job, state of the art sound system and even car wraps designed for hearses.

 

If you want to take it to a real extreme, though, consider working with the amazing team at MacNeille.  The MacNeille team started customizing cars back in 1912, almost as soon as they were rolling off the assembly line.  With such a long history in the industry it’s no surprise they’re one of the most well-respected customization companies in the world.  One of their more noteworthy services is armor plating.  They’ve plated ambulances as well as police and military vehicles.  They don’t say if they’ve ever customized a hearse with armor plating, but there’s a first time for everything, right?

Customized hearses have become a great way for private owners to express themselves but some progressive funeral homes see them as an investment as well.  After all, when you can offer clients the chance to take their final ride in a motorcycle hearse or even a bicycle hearse, you’re bound to attract some extra attention.