Most funeral car enthusiasts purchase their cars for one of a few reasons. Some love the vehicles’ power. Some enjoy the quality craftsmanship. Many cite the cars’ ability to stand up well to hard use. Virtually all have one thing in common, however, a love for the vehicles’ innate beauty.
But a funeral home in South Carolina has a truly one of a kind custom hearse they make available for clients. Hines Funeral Home, located in Hartsville, made headlines when they invested in a custom built “Timeless Hearse“.
The “Timeless Hearse,” as the owner calls it is unique in several ways. Rather than the traditional black, the hearse is painted in a brilliant white. However, it is the design that truly has heads turning and people talking. It is based on a blend of the owner’s favorite features of three classic cars: the 1931 Rolls Royce, the 1932 Duisenberg and the 1934 Packard.
The chassis actually has two main frames rather than the traditional single frame, making the body 50% stronger. The vehicle features air suspension and a 5.3 liter V8 engine. The engine runs on gasoline, bio fuel or any mixture of the two.
The car’s body is made of a Kevlar composite, making it virtually impervious to corrosion. The trim is created from the highest grade surgical steel and hand polished to a perfect mirror finish. The wood is all hand polished African mahogany, also bearing a mirror finish. Even the hubcaps are unique, gold plated in 18k and featuring the funeral home’s name offset in black letters in the center.
The owners are mum on the total price of the new funeral car, but claim that it was less expensive than their usual budget for a new car. The vehicle is classic and elegant, and well worth a look.