The following hearses were built in
Australia, but we are unable to determine the body builders. We
are keen to find out more about any of these cars, and welcome
any information regarding the builders of these beautiful
This 1968 Dodge hearse was advertised for
sale in 2000. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s been
rumoured that this car has been converted to a “bash” vehicle.
Any information regarding this car is welcomed. This car
features bodywork by W.D. Hadley, and was originally painted
black with a grey roof. It was first owned by Motor Funerals in
55 Ford Customline
A 1955 Ford Customline hearse,
photographed at the ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ car show in the
early 1990s. Note the very long extension in the wheelbase. Our
first thought was that this was a Smith bodied car, but the
bevelled glass and lack of brightwork around the side glasses
would indicate otherwise. This particular car attracted a lot of
publicity in the late 1990s when it was reported as being
stolen, with the newspapers being very interested in the story.
Two tone paint almost disguises the
original purpose of this 1936 Plymouth hearse. Can you imagine
how good this would look under shiny black paint? Powered by a
flathead 6 cylinder engine with a 3 speed manual transmission,
this car was photographed at the “Fruitmarket” swap meet in
Melbourne in the 1990s. This was the only occasion we have ever
seen this car, and we’re very interested in any further details
of this attractive funeral vehicle.
Photographed at the famous ‘Picnic at
Hanging Rock’, this Humber hearse is owned by a vintage vehicle
enthusiast in western Victoria. At first glance it appears to be
a 4 door sedan, but a closer look reveals the unusual treatment
at the rear of the body. An extremely interesting car, and we
would love to know more about it.
1948 Packard Hearse
This car was recently for sale (early
2003) in Tasmania. The body builder is unknown. The car was
restored in the 1980s in Shepparton in Victoria, before being
sold to a new owner in Tasmania. Note the bevelled side glass.
1967 HR Holden Hearse
This 1967 HR Holden hearse was sold new
by Southern Motors. These photographs were taken in Melbourne in
the late 1980s. Although information from various sources
differs, several people have mentioned that just four of these
hearse were built. Whether that is true or not, we can’t be
sure. This car was only just out of service when these photos
were taken, and the hearse is now owned by a Melbourne Holden
enthusiast. Does anyone know who built the body?
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