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1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Funeral Coach Eureka Concours Town Car Limousine

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Funeral Coach in Once Around, Movie, 1991 IMDB

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: US

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Funeral Coach Eureka Concours Town Car Limousine

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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AnimatronixX DE

2019-12-02 21:03

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Amazing find, Gamer! :king:

This isn't just another Eureka - it's the 1985 Eureka Concours Town Car Limousine with removable frontal roof cap. Seven of these Town Cars have been built between 1985 and 1988 with most of them being Landau coaches. The car used in the movie is believed to be the only limousine style Concours Town Car Eureka built - yet many people in the funeral business know it from pictures, as it was featured in the sales brochure:

[Image: eurekacadillacconcourstowncarlimousine.jpg]

jettalover US

2019-12-03 02:24

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Why would the removable front roof cap be necessary?

Baube QC

2019-12-03 02:39

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and why there is a Town Car in the name ?
does Lincoln version with Fleetwood in the name exists ? :whistle:

Targa wagon ( yeah, hearse but somehow looks like a wagon ) .. i'm not against the idea... ;)

-- Last edit: 2019-12-03 02:41:04

AnimatronixX DE

2019-12-03 13:32

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jettalover wrote Why would the removable front roof cap be necessary?


It's not necessary at all, but this is a traditional and somewhat ceremonial way of paying respect to the deceased and still treat him/ her like a person - as opposed to many current hearses looking like cargo vans, which subtly sends the message of carrying freight rather than humans. The "important" person is in the rear, while the driver (= staff) sits outside in the wind. 

And yes,  wind *is* a thing here! A fellow funeral car historian once took a ride in one of the Eureka Concours Town Cars with open top and said that it was very uncomfortable and you hardly could have a conversation with the co-driver due to the heavy noise. Hats and hairstyles were also in constant danger and the icing on the cake was the fact that there was no space inside the car for the top once it was removed. Foresightful planning was required, as the decision "open or closed" usually had to be made for the entire workday. 

So despite their spectacular appearance I'm not surprised there were only a few of them sold. 

Baube wrote and why there is a Town Car in the name ? (...)


Unlike most of the Lincolns you are referring to, this one is a Town Car by definition. Or a Coupe de Ville, but that may add even more to the confusion, as Cadillac uses this term otherwise.  

Wikipedia wrote Coupe de ville — also known as town car, sedanca de ville or coupé de ville — is a car body style produced from 1908 to 1939 with an external or open-topped driver's position and an enclosed compartment for passengers. (...)


Please bear with me if some of my texts are getting somewhat extensive - I once chose IMCDb to be the place to release excerpts and information from the funeral car book I didn't write (I actually did write for a couple of years, but decided not to finish the project for various reasons). Additional content, mostly exclusive, at no extra-cost. ;)

somename US

2019-12-04 00:40

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Made from a Fleetwood Brougham.

jettalover US

2019-12-04 04:09

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Thanks for your very appreciated exhaustive info.

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