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 1959 CADILLAC S&S 'PARK ROW' SUPERLINE HEARSE

SOLD TO A CALIFORNIA MORTUARY

1959 represents a time in America when Glitz and Glamour was just beginning it's Prime. Big Fin Automobiles, Sputniks, Drive-in Movies, Saddleback Shoes/Poodle Skirts, Elvis Presley / Rock n' Roll, Car Hops, Marilyn Monroe/ Playboy Magazine, Color TV, Hula-Hoops / Candy Cigarettes, James Dean, Disneyland and McDonalds open...it was a time of Carefree Living and Post War Boom. Looking back today, the 1959 model Cadillac alone, still remains the Most Evocative, Iconic object of the 20th Century Classic Car Culture.  And, in the World of Professional Cars this is the Grand McDaddy of all Classic Hearses, considered by most to be the Most Sought After Classic Hearse on the Planet. The 1959 Cadillac Hearse, has been our Most Requested Funeral Coach (bar none) among Funeral Director's, Morticians and Cadillac Collectors for the last 6 years, with the '61-'64 model falling in 2nd place. Most, when uncovered today are massive Rust Hulks (see typical pix at bottom).

This Rust-Free beauty, known as the
"S&S Park Row "Combination" has the ability to carry two attendants, a convert-able / reversible floor for either Cot or Casket and Full Limousine Window Sides. Delivered new to McSwain Funeral Home in South Carolina, it spent it's life garaged and babied until 1998, when it was sold to a Cadillac-Only-Collector in the Netherlands. There, it was completely stripped and painted in Lacquer, motor, brakes/ suspension and transmission rebuilt, all at great cost, to the highest Dutch Standards for their strict highway rules (called "Algemene Periodieke Keuring", the Dutch version of MOT).  It remained there in a climate-controlled (huge) Cadillac collection on display, driven monthly, until June of this year when it was purchased and returned to FL. where it was inspected again by Fla. Dept. of Motor Vehicles (Tampa Office) and re-titled here.
It has 79,044 miles on the odometer.
We have jumped into further restoration on the rest of the Coach to bring it up to our Standards and expect it to be ready for Museum Display and eventual Front Line Service, or Show Status. To date, SOME of the restoration includes: we have replaced all the Rear Chrome including the Bumper, Bumper Ends,Tail Light Chrome, all Door Handles and Polished much of the Side Chrome  (straightening 1 piece), all Carpeting was replaced including replacing the entire Linoleum Floor & Church Truck Door Compartment, Badge Resto., Headliner Refurbished, New Partition Glass, New Drivers Side Commercial Window Glass, Complete Dash & Steering Wheel Resto., Ashtrays restored w/ NOS Lighters, New Wiper Switch, Complete, New Perimeter Windlace at all Entrance Doors ($1800), Resto. of Chrome on Casket Rollers (some updated), Body & Hubcap Stainless Resto., Polish all Step Plates and Rechrome Interior "V" at Backdoor, Hand Burnish all Door Fasteners and Hood Catch, New Hood Pad, Add Chrome 4" Wreath on Backdoor, Replace Windshield Washer Jar, Custom made Mortuary Chrome Nameplates, add Vintage "Funeral Coach" Sign to Dashboard and S&S Dealer Tag,  new Embroidered Floor Mats, Orig. Cemetery Key Chain, New Chrome Bier Pins (Adjustable & Fixed) Custom made Showcard with Easel, New Wheel Bearings, NOS Owners Manual, Custom Made Set of Velvet Drapes (5), Enclosed Transport Charges, Restoration of Original Vinyl in Casket Chamber, and all Panels, Engine Bay Detail to original specs (not over-the-top) including new Engine Decals, and H.D.Battery. Factory-style A.C. was added later.

 Being garaged, from South Carolina, it was never rusted and even the undercarriage is just flat amazing. As she sits, the car runs, drives and rides in excellent form.
It carries as Standard Equipment Power Steering, Power Brakes, S&S  Side Badging, S&S Hubcaps, S&S 'Date Mark' Hood, AM Radio (no antenna), Roll-up Windows, Partition Glass, Hydramatic Automatic Transmission, 390 /325hp V8 Motor, [ S&S Factory description follows:] Key Locks on all doors, Cushioned Casket Stop and Oilyte Casket Rollers, Outside Remote Control Mirror, Day-Nite Interior Mirror,3-Spd.Windshield Wipers & Washers, Heavy Cast Brass Badging, Heavy Duty Pull Handle Rear Door, Dome Lights in Casket Compartment with Automatic Activation Switch, Streamlined Table Hardware, S&S Magic Mirror Lacquer Finish, Roll-bar Roof Rails, Heavy Gauge One-Piece Steel Roof, 'Torque Resistant' Box Pillars and much more. Once restored, it will then be placed on display in our Auto Museum for all to share & enjoy until we find a 1959 Crown Superior or S&S 'Victoria' Landau Model.

Most of the S&S Coachbuilder production information was destroyed over the years and the only true records we've been able to access published are those of Superior Coach and Flxible so, ascertaining exactly how many exactly built is difficult. We do know it's published with multiple sources that Cadillac Motor Cars built 2,102 '6890 Commercial Chassis' in 1959. It is well known Superior, was the sales leader that year, and built the majority (955) of those in 5 different Cadillac models from 3-Way Hearses to Ambulances. So extrapolating the difference between Eureka, Miller Meteor and S&S you can safely guesstimate out of the 1,147 balance, and by roughly splitting all three of the remaining Coachbuilder's 3 ways, it would leave 382 for each Coach House. Based on previous sales and history, about 22% of production were typically Cadillac 'Combination' Coaches. Therefore, one can conclude about 84 Coaches built in that model. But, since S&S  BUILT THE LEAST AMOUNT OF COACHES due to the fact they were the most expensive of all the Coachbuilder's (hence, less sales), with Miller-Meteor was priced well below their price-point, it is likely, way less then 84 were built. All the hearse books in circulation & not one with exact definitive answers on S&S.     SOLD

Our Most Common Questions:

Why is S&S  Hess Eisenhardt known by 2-3 different names? The first is pretty obvious. Sayers & Scovill began production of Funeral Coaches dating back to 1870 -1876 in Greenfield, Ohio. They were well known as stately Coach Builders of Majestic, Conservative Hand-Carved, 12 & 8 column Funeral Coaches. They then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1876 until 1942. Known as "S&S ", by popular brevity, they had already reached a pinnacle of success by being the Most Desired  / Respected Coach firm with most Funeral Director's and Mortuary's all across America. By 1942, after a fire at the workshop, the firms principle owners moved the operation to Blue Ash, Ohio and changed the name to BOTH Hess & Eisenhardt and S&S, retaining the trademark & connection to the past. That proud marque' was used, up to 1982 when they sold out to Accubuilt.  In fact, Funeral Coaches are still marketed by the "S&S" (Sayers & Scovil) moniker under this new ownership.
How Long is it?
It is built on a custom made '6890' frame made exclusively by Cadillac on a 156" wheelbase- so, it sits between 21- 22' long, including the Dagmar's
What is the Gas Mileage?
Right at 8mpg - 6 mpg depending on the weight of the rear passenger
Is it more rare then a Eldorado Convertible?
Yes, Cadillac built 1320 Eldo Biarritz Vert's.  Info is sketchy at best but, our research indicates 'about' 84 of this model were built by Hess& Eisenhardt
Does it have the Tri-Power 390/345 V8?
No. All the hearses carried a 390/325hp 4v Carb V8. There is no indication the Tri-Power was an option in any original Hearse brochures in our collection. Performance was not needed.
What does it weigh?
Greater than: 5500 lbs.+
What makes them valuable?
A. They were used in Service and then eventually became 'dated' looking, sold to a secondary, then tertiary Funeral Home and finally became Chicken Coops, or Gothic Cruisers...few stock remain uncobbled.
B. Hearses are totally custom made from the cowl to the back bumper. Most folks don't realize, the glass, doors, cabin, stainless and many chrome pieces are completely & totally hand made. These are NOT Limousine or Sedan doors. The glass is "commercial glass' about 4 inches higher then normal production glass. Back in the 50's the entire Body is steel. Many Coach Builders still used lead. They are ALL limited production and rare. They have been overlooked for years on the show field as even the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) failed to honor them with their own Class. That has been corrected and they can be shared and enjoyed by all in the "Commercial Class". We have been working for 5 years to get the N.A.D.A. Classis Guide to list them monthly and value each model. Due to the fact so few sales are recorded, it's been a 'up hill battle'. They are probably a handful of custom made Coach Built cars still left in America.
Why are most of them, each different?
Each Coach, whether Ambulance or Funeral Coach, was custom built for the owner. So, they could choose from different fabrics, flooring, options, add or delete chrome features and actually 'personalize' each one. Most of them would get a makers data plate screwed to the firewall or fender well which was engraved wuith the original owners name and city of their business. If they bought them off the Funeral Director's Convention floor, or from the Coachbuilder's stock- some of those would not get the plate. Most F.D's had specific Fleet Colors so, all cars matched.



People always compliment the use of 'Date Mark' Chrome by S&S  on our 1952 Cadillac Flower Car. this feature has come and gone over the years. Initially these extra bands of chrome trim were used (some say, 'distastefully') as a way of disguising the brand of the Coach, sometimes completely removing all the original Manufacturers Identification. They were also used initially to display the model year of the coach by installing chrome strips 'matching the number of year' on the grille, hood or fenders ( '5' for 1935, '8' for 1938, etc.). Others say it was simply the Coachbuilders' intention to make the S&S Coaches stand-out among the others. These 'Date Marks' were used every year by S&S from 1935 to 1956, completely disappearing in 1957-58, and then mysteriously reappearing in 1959. Our research shows it was equally loved or hated by the different factions so, it eventually became an 'extra cost option' to please both factions. Recently, they have magically reappeared again as a familiar stainless steel  'triangle' on the hood by Accubilt.

By 1959, S&S Hess & Eisenhardt offered 3 different style Hearses. The classic closed Landau called ,the "Victoria", the "Park Hill" Limousine style with additional chrome & fancier mohair interior while the "Park Row" Model, was seen as primarily built for combined-duty, as an Ambulance or Hearse. This, due to the fact, that most Emergency Transport Ambulance Services across America acted as Funeral Coaches, especially in small towns that couldn't afford both. It is written on the Cadillac-LaSalle Database that S&S also made a 4th Model, a handful of "Park Place"  Models with removable Landau Side Panels over the rear windows (not shown in the factory brochure we have) but, that is in contention by a few purists. Brochures all touted the entire line, including the Parkway Ambulance, as S&S "Superline" Models.


The 'Exclusive features' touted on the S&S  Park Row Model were:

Sculptured Low Roofline
Crisp Modern Rear Roof Crease
New Exclusive Design Rear Door
All Exterior Moldings of rustproof Stainless Steel
S&S Crest & Molding Medallions
Front to Rear Styline moldings
Partition Glass Extending the Full Width of the Coach
Comfortable Foam Rubber Seats and Backs Engineered for Lifetime Comfort
Large Concealed Church Truck Compartment behind Seat
Spare Tire Under Floor
Exclusive 'Mono-tized Construction' integrating body & chassis as one unit
Weight Balanced Bodies
Full Headroom Interior
Full Length Rear Floor
Full Width Shoulder Room
Lowest Step-In Height at rear step or side doors of any Coachbuilder
Thermal Thrust High Capacity Heater with 4-Speed Control
Plus 45 other features, and Five more Options !!!
Only the S&S Hearses came Standard with the 'Chrome Cone' Tailight Bezels.




                                            ALL PHOTO'S BELOW WERE TAKEN 'ON ARRIVAL'. COACH WAS THEN SENT FOR RESTORATION. AS WITNESSED- A VERY NICE COACH TO BEGIN WITH                 
                    

                    

                

                 

          


                                                                                 
                          
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Verbiage From the Original 1959 S&S Brochure:

"Knowing that the new crisp, clearly-defined 1959 styling distinguishes your S&S from all the rest....
knowing that S&S symbolizes the surpassed excellence of your service....these are your exclusive satisfactions as the owner of an S&S ...because it's a proud profession"

After display in our Classic Car Museum, this beautiful Coach will make a fine addition to any FD's Fleet. Every single customer we've service for has stated these Classic Coaches have garnished them with new business as 'Baby Boomers' top request is.."to go to the grave in a Classic Car"...what better way then a 1959 Cadillac Funeral Coach.



VINTAGE PHOTO OF THE McSWAIN FUNERAL HOME IN 1952

 

THE McSWAIN'S TAKING DELIVERY OF THEIR NEW 1956 S&S CADILLAC COMBINATION AMBULANCE / HEARSE IN 1956 ~ JUST 3 YEARS PRIOR TO DELIVERY OF THE '59.  SEEN NEXT- THE McSWAIN FLEET  OF 'PROCARS' AND SERVICE VEHICLES FOR THEIR FUNERAL HOME
 
 
QUITE THE LINE-UP: 1950 S&S AMBULANCE, 1952 S&S CADILLAC COMBINATION HEARSE/AMBULANCE, 1946 CADILLAC S&S LIMOUSINE STYLE HEARSE, 1948 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER LWB, 1952 OLDSMOBILE 88 SEDAN, 1952 CHEVROLET 3105 SERVICE COACH
THE PANEL VAN SERVICE COACH WAS USED TO TAKE CHAIRS, CASKET BIER, LECTERN, TORCHIER LAMPS, FLOWER STANDS & FLOWERS ETC TO THE GRAVE SITE. SOMETIMES THEY WERE USED WHEN PRESSED AS A 'FIRST CALL' VEHICLE.


                             

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 NO ! THIS IS NOT OUR CAR BUT, A 'TYPICAL' 1959 CADILLAC HEARSE- THIS MILLER-METEOR SOLD ON eBAY FOR AN AMAZING $29,950 IN JULY 2016