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1978 Opel Rekord Estate Removal Vehicle [E]

1978 Opel Rekord Estate [E] in Death of an Expert Witness, Mini-Series, 1983 IMDB Ep. 5

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: DE — Made for: GB

1978 Opel Rekord Estate Removal Vehicle [E]

Position 00:03:06 [*] Background vehicle

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Sandie SX

2014-12-03 01:14

Part 1:
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Part 2:
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Lateef NO

2014-12-12 12:48

1978-82

Animatronixx DE

2020-04-29 15:26

This is what they call a 'first call hearse' or 'removal vehicle' in the UK. Most hearse coachbuilders offered them, but this looks to be a very basic one - probably converted by the operator. Never seen one based on Rekord E/ Carlton, even though you would expect loads of them.

dsl SX

2020-04-29 17:02

Some other examples of assorted similar in UK (with various titles - maybe we should agree on a single phrase??):
/vehicle.php?id=602132 , /vehicle.php?id=578315 , /vehicle.php?id=1205187 , /vehicle.php?id=977131 , /vehicle.php?id=357564

Do other countries have similar, or is it a British thing??

Animatronixx DE

2020-04-29 21:59

@dsl Thanks,man! :) Some of them are new to me (on the site). Regarding the titles, I just agreed on "Removal Vehicle" for now, because this appears to be the most professional and universal term for all of them, rather than a variety of more or less colloquial descriptions.

It's not just a British thing, but in the UK that kind of special vehicle is a noticeably established one. In a way, the origin is probably the Service Car from the US, that already emerged when motorless cars were still chasing horses. First call hearses started to become a major thing during the 1950s, when US coachbuilders like Automotive Conversion or Abbott & Hast (with their Junior Hearses) noticed that regular station wagons might be an affordable solution to keep the expensive funeral coaches looking expensive. I reckon the obious demand for them in the UK might be because full size hearses tend to be glass houses, while absolute discretion is required when picking up deceased from where it all happened.

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dsl SX

2020-04-29 22:45

Not sure if Removal vehicle is best term - overlaps a bit with furniture removals. I guess we're only going to see them on the site in crime dramas, with police involvement.

Just remembered this one in Aus - "Coroner's van".

Animatronixx DE

2020-04-29 22:55

Yes, I'm aware of that overlap, but that's how they're mostly marketed and referred to from the industry and in the funeral context this should be ok? I would have preferred "Removal Hearse", but apparently nobody says that. They're equally used by coroners and funeral directors, so I wouldn't want to insinuate the operator. Is First Call Hearse better? Always open for suggestions - it's your language, I'm just trying to use it. :p

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