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1972 Austin 2200 Hearse MkIII [ADO17]

1972 Austin 2200 Hearse MkIII [ADO17] in The Gentle Touch, TV Series, 1980-1984 IMDB Ep. 1.07

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: UK

1972 Austin 2200 Hearse MkIII [ADO17]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle

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Sandie SX

2012-02-21 17:53

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Seems unusual and part of the scene

cko US

2012-02-21 18:37

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For: Internet Movie footwear database.

big dave VA

2012-02-22 03:30

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cko wrote For: Internet Movie footwear database.

Thom McAns?????

nzcarnerd NZ

2012-06-12 00:55

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Hard to tell the scale of this vehicle. Almost looks like a london taxi converted to a hearse.

dsl SX

2012-07-27 12:49

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Possibly ADO17 based - proportions look about right - similar to /vehicle_452681-Austin-2200-Hearse-ADO17-1972.html - but differences in rear detail such as lights.

ingo DE

2012-07-27 13:18

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Sandie wrote Seems unusual and part of the scene

The position, from where this pic was made, is unusual either...

Sandie SX

2016-06-10 03:57

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[Image: 107hearse.jpg] [Image: 107hearse2.jpg]

dsl SX

2016-06-10 04:23

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Rear now looks like an Anglia 105E estate after a dose of steroids. Front wing could be Granada Mk1, but not the door or door handle. It looks short for a hearse - maybe the size of a Cortina estate or ADO17 .....

Sunbar UK

2016-06-10 11:52

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The ADO17 is still the best contender, only the driver's door is probably recognisable however the rest is heavily modified I think.

There is also the possiblity the wheelbase has been extended by up to 15cm/6in; the door to wheelbase proportions look diferent to the base car.

[Image: combined2.jpg]

edit: My best possible match an Austin 3 litre ADO61 for the front end and quarter-lite in the driver's door - with an extended wheelbase and thinner, shorter bumpers.

Similar to this rust riddled example on standard wheelbase
Link to "platewave.com" http://platewave.com/content/plate/photos/resized/XPW336H_1391353341.jpg

edit 2: Craford Estate conversion has many similarities (notice small badge on rear wing) - either a hearse or perhaps an actual estate as the legs prevent seeing the rear door shut-line. Only the bumpers are different however.

[Image: scan0001.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2016-06-10 13:51:07

dsl SX

2016-06-10 13:49

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Getting more convinced that it's BMC-based the longer I look at it. ADO16 probably provided bumpers and sloping Mk2/3 rear lights, maybe even the tailgate from a 1300 Countryman. I like the ADO17/61 idea for the door and door handle (though shortened here) plus the coachline position on what was a body crease. And arch shape and lips smell ADO16/17/61 as well, with ADO16 possibly the smaller looking wheels than ADO17/61. Can't make sense of the front end features and the apparent full height lights wrapround, which still looks Granada Mk1-ish as my best idea.

So a blend of BMC's finest???

130rapid PL

2016-06-10 17:03

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I have same thought before reading -> based on Mini Clubman with elongated wheelbase.

dsl SX

2016-06-11 01:47

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Have entered ID as Austin unknown Hearse [ADO17] to take it as far as we can so far.

Sunbar UK

2016-06-11 11:50

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Agreed, I'm becoming more convinced (about 75%) that its an Austin 2200 ADO17, with the smaller wheels, raised roofline, possibly lengthened wheelbase and a customised front end.

Sandie SX

2019-04-23 22:11

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@AnimatronixX: :hello:

Any ideas on the body or anything here?

AnimatronixX DE

2019-04-24 22:32

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@Sandie: As promised, I did my homework and checked all my offline sources (+ various educated online-guesses). Problem with rather simple hearses (in any country) is always: They are often built to special order, often only once. Brochures were hardly printed and if they were, it's very hard to get your hands on these. A major source for post-war hearses from the UK are coachbuilder's advertisements - I already used them here on occasion /vehicle.php?id=70224 This body appears to be made by one of the minor players in the UK, who (still) kept making hearses in small numbers, but were seldom ready to pay for expensive adverts in "The Funeral Director" or nowadays the "Funeral Service Journal" - that unfortunately means many, many hearses are not documented at all. I still have an estimated 15 kg of these magazines from the 1950s to 1970s, waiting to be reviewed and the ads in there to be cataloged. Should I find a hot trail, I will update this page.

Currently, I'm expecting this one to be coachbuilt by either Simpson & Slater or Alpe & Saunders, but that's just an educated guess.

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