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1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Funeral Coach

1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Funeral Coach in Six Feet Under, TV Series, 2001-2005 IMDB Ep. 1.01

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: US

1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Funeral Coach

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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ahight US

2007-02-21 03:24

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The dad's new hearse in the opening of Season 1, Episode 1:
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Commercial that opens the first episode:
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Another one used during dad's funeral:
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-- Last edit: 2007-02-21 04:07:56

Neptune US

2007-02-21 04:20

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ahight wrote The dad's new hearse in the opening of Season 1, Episode 1


Didn’t stay new for long did it? :D

wannajeep US

2007-09-11 09:50

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Oh you have got to be kidding me.
I know this is what's going to happen to me when I die.
That poor car.

G-MANN UK

2008-01-28 23:18

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It's DeVille (1994-97) based isn't it? Should it be listed as a Cadillac DeVille Funeral Coach?

Animatronixx DE

2008-01-29 02:20

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This is an established professional car mystery and maybe this is the database to solve it for good. :wow:

The hearse that was hit by the bus was in fact an older Cadillac hearse, built around the late 80s or early 90s (see rear fender style and - way more evident - door frames and windshield), but the film company carried out several modifications (incl. mounting an entire new front end) to make it look like a "modern" funeral coach, for they couldn´t or didn´t want to afford a contemporary hearse to smash.

So the car is a complete bastard - or something you might call a "Greatest Hits of 90s Cadillacs all-in-one". I´m not even sure about the body, which reminds me of several coachbuilders. :/

Any ideas what could have been the chassis most likely?

G-MANN UK

2008-01-29 10:56

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Thanks for pointing that out.

Mackster SE

2008-01-29 15:28

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Animatronixx wrote This is an established professional car mystery and maybe this is the database to solve it for good. :wow:

The hearse that was hit by the bus was in fact an older Cadillac hearse, built around the late 80s or early 90s (see rear fender style and - way more evident - door frames and windshield), but the film company carried out several modifications (incl. mounting an entire new front end) to make it look like a "modern" funeral coach, for they couldn´t or didn´t want to afford a contemporary hearse to smash.

So the car is a complete bastard - or something you might call a "Greatest Hits of 90s Cadillacs all-in-one". I´m not even sure about the body, which reminds me of several coachbuilders. :/

Any ideas what could have been the chassis most likely?


many details of it reminds me off Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 1993-1996.
For example the front, wheel arches, and some of the rear details.
http://www.fvn.no/amcar/brochures/cadillac/94c_38.html


-- Last edit: 2008-01-29 16:40:22

G-MANN UK

2008-01-29 16:32

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The grille is DeVille rather than Fleetwood though.

Ingo DE

2008-01-29 19:32

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@animatronixx: have you seen the pic in the new "Markt" of the GDR-made hearse an Dacia-basis?

By the way: what hearses they had in the GDR? Barkas, I guess.

Animatronixx DE

2008-01-29 20:13

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@Mackster: Beneath the beltline it reminds me of the 93-96 Fleetwood either, but the edgy door frames make me believe the original car was an earlier FWD De Ville/ Fleetwood or even a Brougham of the early 90s. Also the rear wheel arches make believe in an early 90s Fleetwood, :think:

@Ingo: No, I didn´t know the last Oldtimer Markt (the last magazine was the AutoBild Klassik incl. the feature of you and your K 70 collection ;) ), but it could only be that light grey or blue GDR Dacia hearse prototype by a coachbuilder who currently refuses to come in my mind. A TÜV inspector once sent me a picture of that car and I furthermore know it by an older KFT issue (GDR car magazine). Anyway, thanks for this hint. :)

In GDR, most hearses were slightly modified Barkas B 1000, of which we also list some on this site.

-- Last edit: 2008-01-29 20:14:36

Ingo DE

2008-01-29 20:44

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@Animatronixx: a small correction: it wasn't me in that article, it was Markus from Schwaben. But, surely, we K 70-freaks all know each other, worldwide :)

Ingo DE

2008-01-29 20:48

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P.S. the Dacia-hearse wasn't a real prototype, it was made by special order, by a private coachbuilder in the GDR. It was one of the small private companies of the GDR, which has survived the whole socialism, especially the year 1972.

-- Last edit: 2008-01-29 20:49:04

Animatronixx DE

2008-01-30 02:00

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Ingo wrote P.S. the Dacia-hearse wasn't a real prototype, it was made by special order, by a private coachbuilder in the GDR. It was one of the small private companies of the GDR, which has survived the whole socialism, especially the year 1972.


Oh, I´m sorry for having confused you with your comrade.

According to my sources, the Dacia was built by a company named E. Neumann (Alfred?!? :D) in 1987. It seems like they had in mind to craft more of these, but suddenly the fall of Berlin Wall intervened and protected the world from additional Dacia hearses. ;)

-- Last edit: 2008-01-30 02:01:14

CaptOrbit US

2009-05-09 08:29

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I think the cause for the confusion is that we are looking at two separate cars. The car in this sections main photo is the same as the car in pics number #2 and #3 above, most likely a front wheel drive 1994 Cadillac DeVille with a Eureka of Lima, OH comercial glass "high roof" body.

Whereas pics number #1 #4 #5 and #6 are of a 1993-1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham with what I suspect based on the styling is an Eagle Coach of Amelia, OH non-comm. glass body.

If you look carefully you can see the coach in the main profile pics as well pics 2 and 3 (all the impact pics) have squared off leading edges on it's rear view mirrors. The coach in remaining pics has more bullet shaped leading edges on it's rear view mirrors. This is consistent with both '93 and '94 Fleetwood Broughams.

The I.D. of both coaches was complicated by the fact that the shows producer had the coach lamps and their decorative mounting plates that should have been in the depressed area directly behind the rear passenger doors removed. Both coaches seem to have had the holes where the coach lamp's wiring would have protruded from covered with a stick on Cadillac crest and wreath.

The more I look at the pics of the "impact car" the more I am tempted to believe that Animatronixx is probably right. The front of the impact car looks pretty piecemeal.

The car is being stuck by a Flxible Metro/Grumman 870 as mentioned in the Six Feet Under section

-- Last edit: 2009-07-21 00:41:07 (Animatronixx)

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