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 |  Dec 19 2011, 5:00 PM

November 22, 1963 was a very dark day in America’s history. John F. Kennedy, who was America’s 35th President, was shot and killed while his convoy made way through the heart of Dallas, TX.

On this fateful day, the ambulance that took his body to Air Force One, is now being auctioned off at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, in Scottsdale, AZ.

While the incident took place in 1963, the vehicle used was titled as a 1964 Cadillac Hearse. This hearse has the chassis number 64Z000050 and was built by the Miller-Meteor Company. The hearse, which was owned by the O’Neal Funeral Home, was called to the task to carry the President’s body.

This vehicle is given the lot number 1293, and it will get auctioned between Jan. 15 – 22 at West World of Scottsdale. Last year, a Pontiac ambulance which transported President Kennedy’s body from Air Force One to Bethesda Naval Hospital was sold at Barrett-Jackson for $120,000, despite many believing it to be a fake.

 |  Sep 20 2011, 9:45 AM

If you’re going to attempt a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest parade of hearses, there’s no better place to do so than in Hell. That’s Hell, Michigan, by the way.

Hosted by Just Hearse ‘N Around, “Hells’ best car club,” and Screams Ice Cream & Halloween store, the annual Last Rides Reunion Hearse Show attracted a total of 51 often highly customized rides. A total of 50 were required to set the new record and with 49 registered it appeared as though the club wouldn’t hit the mark, but before the parade of hearses began a 50th showed up, followed by one more from the O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes – the only working hearse in the group.

See all the photos from the colorful meet here and check out video of the driver after the jump.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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 |  Nov 22 2010, 12:36 PM

Police in Australia are investigating a burnout performed by a hearse during a funeral service for a youth who died in a motorcycle accident.

Police say that the hearse was spotted smoking its tires along with 12 other vehicles immediately after the funeral Aaron Bryce, a 19 year old killed in a motorcycle crash.

“The driver of the hearse is to be interviewed in relation to hoon driving offences,” Acting Sergeant Dean Owen said to The Age. “[We understand] he was friends with some of the people and getting urged on to do it.”

The hoons in question were caught after police viewed camera phone footage of the burnouts, leading them to question the hearse’s driver, Michael O’Sullivan, a 44-year old funeral director and Justice of the Peace.

O’Sullivan’s father John denied the allegations and said that he was angry about his son and his business being accused of reckless behavior. “We are a reputable concern. We’ve been in business for 140-odd years. We don’t want this sort of bullshit.”

[Source: The Age]

 |  Apr 19 2010, 1:49 PM

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These images, from MSNBC‘s coverage of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s funeral, show something that we just couldn’t believe we were seeing: a Maserati Quattroporte Hearse!

This particular Maserati has been modified by Intercar Modena, a company that will turn just about anything into a hearse if the price is right. What’s really interesting about this particular hearse is that it shows off just how much better proportioned, say, a Cadillac DTS is for hearse duty than a Quattroporte. It’s a good thing government funeral processions move slowly, because we’re guessing this bad boy has a tendency to oversteer….

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

Hit the jump for more photos of the QP Hearse, plus a gallery of hearse’s by Intercar Modena

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