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SORRY, YOU MISSED A FABULOUS 'GO FINE ONE' GEM - SOLD TO DOCTOR IN ALBERTA, CANADA

1963 CADILLAC MILLER - METEOR 'CLASSIC' MODEL 6800 AMBULANCE

IN THE WORLD OF "PRO-CAR" (PROFESSIONAL CAR) COLLECTORS, THE HARDEST COACH TO FIND IS AN AMBULANCE WITH LOW-MILEAGE, AND MINT CONDITION. THEY ARE TRADITIONALLY "RIDDEN HARD AND PUT AWAY WET". EVENTUALLY, UNLIKE THE HEARSES (WHICH MANY TIMES ARE MADE INTO CHICKEN COUP'S) AMBULANCES ALL FIND THEIR WAY TO THE WRECKING YARDS. YOU NEVER SEE ONE IN THIS CONDITION! THIS CUSTOM COACH WAS DELIVERED NEW TO WESINGER-TYGART FUNERAL HOME IN MOUNT VERNON, INDIANA ON NOV. 5, 1962 WHERE IT SAW DUTY ONLY AS AN ALL-WHITE-IN-COLOR FUNERAL COACH. IT THEN SOLD TO POINDEXTER FUNERAL HOMES ON 12/17/64 IN LINTON / VICENNES, INDIANA AND WAS USED BY THE OWNERS FOR DOUBLE-DUTY-SERVICE ON SHORT, LOCAL 15 TO 26.43 MILE RUNS FROM THEIR HOME TOWN SOUTH AS FAR AS WESTPHALIA / SANDBORN AND VINCENNES, EAST TO ELNORA OR WEST TO THE ILLINOIS BORDER. THE VINTAGE "RATE SHEET", WHICH WAS FOUND IN THE VEHICLE, VERIFIES EXACTLY THAT STORY.  IT WAS LOVINGLY RETIRED AND SAT IN AN ENCLOSED BUILDING, AT THE FUNERAL HOME, FOR 20 YEARS WITH APPROX 48,761 MILES. THE THIRD OWNER PURCHASED THIS CAR IN JULY 2006 FROM THE POINDEXTER ESTATE, AND HAS NOT ONLY REFURBISHED THE TRANSMISSION  AND OTHER IMPROVMENTS... BUT, ALSO KEPT IT IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE. HE ONLY USED IT FOR CAR SHOWS  & PARADES PLUS DRIVING IT FROM N.C. TO FLA.... IT NOW SHOWS ONLY 53,013 MILES. THE CAR NOT ONLY BESPEAKS THE LOW MILEAGE (1,104 PER YR) BUT, IT LOOKS   20 YEARS YOUNGER . NOTE: AMBULANCES & HEARSES ARE FINALLY  RECOGNIZED BY THE ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA IN THE 'COMMERCIAL CLASS'  ~ PRICED : SOLD~

 

THE STORY: 

IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A LOW-MILEAGE ORIGINAL AMBULANCE THAT LED A SHELTERED LIFE, AND RUNS LIKE A TOP - READ ON:  YOU FOUND IT.  THE "CLASSIC" MODEL MILLER - METEOR LIMOUSINE DUPLEX (COMBINATION COACH) WAS CUSTOM BUILT FOR DOUBLE SERVICE AS BOTH AN AMBULANCE AND HEARSE. CADILLAC MOTOR DIVISION ONLY MANUFACTURED 2,527 COMMERCIAL CHASSIS TOTAL  (HEARSE & AMBULANCE FOR ALL 4-5 DIFFERENT COACH BUILDERS) SO, THESE CARS ARE VERY LIMITED BUILD TO BEGIN WITH. THE CLEAR REAR WINDOW "AMBULANCE" PANELS COULD BE REMOVED FOR HEARSE DUTY AND THE ORIGINAL MYLAR AIRLINE-STYLE 'DRAPES WOULD BE SWAPPED WITH THE TRADITIONAL "SWAG"  STYLE FUNERAL COACH DRAPES. THE SIDES OF THE COMPARTMENT ARE INGENIOUSLY LINED WITH STAINLESS PANELS (IN MINT CONDITION)  "FOR EASY EMERGENCY CAR CLEAN-UP". THE REAR DOOR CARRIED A HEIGHT OF 42.5" (UP TO 52" ON THE "GUARDIAN" MODEL -QUIETLY DISCONTINUED AT THE END OF 1962) AND WAS THE LARGEST REAR DOOR (WITHOUT PROTRUSIONS) OFFERED BY ANY COACHBUILDER. THE 'SIT-RITE" ATTENDANT SEATS COULD BE REMOVED FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESS, BUT, WERE USUALLY FOLDED-UP AND DROPPED INTO THE FLOOR OR 'POPPED BACK UP' FOR EMERGENCY DUTY.

M-M BRAGGED ON THE EXCLUSIVE "ALL-STEEL-BODY CONSTRUCTION" - EVEN GOING SO FAR AS TO LOCATE EVERY WRECKED 'SUPERIOR' PRO-CAR AND MAILING OUT PHOTO'S TO THEIR DEALERS OF ANY DAMAGED FIBERGLASS PARTIAL REAR FENDER CONSTRUCTION. THIS WAS M-M'S MOST POPULAR AMBULANCE MODEL AS MANY SMALL TOWNS ALL ACROSS AMERICA COULD NOT AFFORD BOTH AN AMBULANCE AND A HEARSE. IN FACT, M-M BEAT ALL THE OTHER COACHBUILDERS IN SALES THIS YEAR!

THIS WAS A LIGHT RESTORATION AS THE CAR IS & WAS IN EXEMPLARY CONDITION:TAST OWNER WANTED THE CAR TO 'O, HE HAD IT PAINTED IN 2-TONE COLOR SCHEME.

 TTHE LAST OWNER WANTED THE CAR TO "POP" SO, HE HAD IT PAINTED IN THE TWO-TONE TRADITIONAL COLOR SCHEME. THE INTERIOR COULD ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS 'MINT ORIGINAL'. IT RETAINS ALL OF IT'S ORIGINAL UNMOLESTED LEATHERETTE, STORAGE CABINET / COMPARTMENTS, AND EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THE GLASS DIVISION WINDOW. THE CAR IS FINISHED IN MATADOR RED AND ASPEN WHITE. THE INTERIOR IS BEIGE AND WHITE LEATHERETTE WITH WHITE/ BEIGE /VANILLA 'MICA' REAR FLOORS ( FOR EASY 'LIQUID' EXPULSION IN THE REAR COMPARTMENT). IT IS TOPPED BY SILVER/BEIGE "GLEAMTRON "  MYLAR THREADED DRAPES.

THE 1963 CADILLAC'S FEATURED THE TRIED & TRUE 390/ 325 H.P. V8 WITH 3-SPD. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. ALL CAME WITH POWER STEERING & BRAKES, DUAL SPEED WIPERS (WITH ORIGINAL 'BRIGHT' STAINLESS STEEL WIPER ARMS AND BLADES), FULL WHEEL DISCS W/ CADILLAC CRESTS, DUAL MIRRORS, OIL FILTER, BLACKWALL TIRES, HEATER/DEFROSTER AND CORNERING LIGHTS.. THIS PARTICULAR "CLASSIC MODEL" COACH WOULD HAVE COST AN AMAZING ~  MORE THAN $11,579 .....( THE PRICE OF TWO 1963 COUPE-DEVILLE'S OR, WITH INFLATION APPLIED:  $83,349.12 (CONVERTED TO TODAYS' MONEY). IS OPTIONED WITH RARE FRONT & REAR CABIN (COLD) FACTORY AIR CONDITIONING, THE CHROME 'OLYMPIAN CROSS' PACKAGE ON THE REAR SAIL PANELS, WHITEWALL TIRES (5), TINTED GLASS, OPTIONAL FOLD-UP COT, RADIO DELETE, DUAL MIRRORS W/ RED SPOTLIGHTS, "FEDERAL" C-6B SIREN WITH RED "PROPELLO RAY" ROTATOR, FULL LEATHERETTE (INSTEAD OF VINYL) SEATING AND FOUR, BRILLIANT ART DECO "GRIMES" RED EMERGENCY LIGHTS FOR THE ROOF ( VERY RARE & DIFFICULT TO FIND: 1-LENS = $300).

THIS EMERGENCY VEHICLE  IS 'OVER-THE-TOP' COMPLETE WITH 'WASHINGTON MORTUARY' ALUMINUM EMERGENCY COT W/ CHROME LOCK-DOWN-BAR, TWIN JUMP SEATS FOR THE ATTENDANTS, PERIOD 'MINWELD' OXYGEN TANK W/ FACEMASK, RED COT BLANKET, URINAL JAR, BARF TRAY, (YES) EVEN PERIOD 'GENERAL' FIRE EXTINGUISHER, AND MORE. BUILT ON CADILLAC'S 6890 EXTENDED CHASSIS, THIS 'CLASSIC " MODEL 'COMBINATION' WOULD MAKE THE PERFECT COLLECTIBLE FOR PRO CAR COLLECTION OR INDIVIDUAL.

 

MILLER - METEOR OF PIQUA, OHIO ( A DIVCO-WAYNE CORPORATION) PRETTY MUCH 'SAID IT ALL' IN THEIR ORIGINAL 1963 SHOWROOM BROCHURE:

 "ALL EYES TURN TOWARDS YOU AS YOU WALK TO THE REAR OF YOUR MILLER - METEOR CLASSIC LIMOUSINE AMBULANCE...PAST THE LONG SWEEPING WINDOWS AND DISTINCTIVE FENDERS THAT FLOW TO THE BRILLIANT TAIL-LIGHTS. THEY WATCH YOU AS YOU EFFORTLESSLY OPEN THE LARGE REAR DOOR THAT BLENDS SO BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE CLEAN, CRISP, SCULPTURED BODY DESIGN. THE ROOF LIGHTS FLASH THEIR RED GLARE. ..... TRAFFIC CLEARS, YOU PRESS DOWN THE ACCELERATOR AND FEEL THE SURGE OF POWER, IN YOUR NEW MILLER AND METEOR CLASSIC AMBULANCE. YOU SPEED DOWN THE CENTER OF THE THOROUGHFARE IN TOWN, READY FOR WHATEVER THE SITUATION WILL DEMAND....YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE RESCUE VEHICLE TO FILL EVERY NEED. YOU ARE CONFIDENT OF IT FUNCTIONING, IT'S EQUIPMENT, IT'S SPACE AND SAFETY...STURDY, ALL-STEEL BODY IN A DAZZLING NEW DESIGN CREATING GREATER INTERIOR SPACE. YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR DESTINATION...AND YOU ARE GRATEFUL YOU CHOSE THE DEPENDABILITY OF AN M&M..... AND OF CADILLAC."

SURE MAKES ME WANT TO OWN ONE!  THIS WOULD BE THE LAST ERA OF THE 'FINNED' CADDY AMBULANCES, FOLLOWED BY THE 'BOXY'-BODYSTYLE AMBULANCES. ANOTHER DECADE LATER (1974) THE "BIG BOX AMBULANCES" WOULD BE MANDATED BY THE FEDS AND THE SMALLER CHASSIS, PRIVATE AMBULANCE COMPANIES WOULD DISAPPEAR IN THE HAZE OF THE FLASHING LIGHT'S FOREVER. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO NOT ONLY OWN ONE OF THE RAREST, CUSTOM MADE, MOST POPULAR VEHICLES AT THE CAR SHOWS....BUT, TO OWN A UNIQUE RIDE AND   PIECE OF AMERICA'S HISTORY. A COMPLETE 1963 CADILLAC MILLER - METEOR DUPLEX AMBULANCE.

 

* NOTE: CHECK LOCAL STATE LAWS ON THE USE OF EMERGENCY RED LIGHTS AND SIRENS. MOST STATES WILL ALLOW IF USED FOR PARADE OR SHOWCAR USE ONLY (COMMEN SENSE DICTATES: (DESPITE BURNING DESIRE) NOT TO BE USED IN LOCAL TRAFFIC)