Classic DREAMCARS Mount Dora, Fla. (352) 385-1945 www.classicdreamcars.com

                                                                               
                         
                  


                        

                        
 
                   
 
               

                                                                         

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THIS LATEST SET OF PHOTO'S ABOVE SHOWS SOME MORE OF THE PROGRESS AS WE GET CLOSER TO COMPLETION OF THIS RESTORATION.

 SOLD TO MISSOURI RESIDENT A 4X REPEAT CUSTOMER

 ~1963 CADILLAC SUPERIOR CROWN SOVEREIGN ROYALE COMBINATION~

Another great , Rare Funeral Coach added to our Inventory.  It is One of only 582 Combination Hearses built in 1963 by Superior Motor Coach. However, the 582 figure was diced up into 6 different versions 'Royale', 'Crown Royale' (seen here), 'Crown Brougham', 'Sovereign Landaulet', 'Crown Sovereign Landaulet', & 'Sovereign Combination' (the Combination model comprised 50% of Superiors entire production, clearly it's Most Popular Model).
We were told, it was originally delivered to a Funeral Home in Joplin, Missouri where it spent nearly it's entire life. We brought the car back to FL. in an enclosed transport and then placed it in for restoration. Most folks would term this car an "Survivor" as it has very strong 'bones' for 48+ years old, as it was stored indoors almost it's entire life. It is finished in it's original color of 'Sable 9248' Black / Blue Leather Interior w/ White Piping  and it carries the Embroidered "Crown" Headliner and 2-Tone Interior Side Panels w/ Crown embellishments, only available on the fanciest model. It will be placed in a complete restoration for 'front line use' (not concours) so, the buyer can choose how far the resto. goes depending on when he or she commits and one's budget. You can tell, by the photo's taken after Phase One of our restoration (bottom of page) , it is poised to become a very good Coach.
This Model Design is quoted in all the Funeral Car books as being..
"...perfectly displaying the Regal Splendor and Elegance of the Funeral Industry". It is the very rare, seldom seen, still existing in this condition, Combination Hearse/Ambulance which, of course, allows one to load / unload the casket from the rear and access from the Suicide Doors on the sides.
It was not uncommon, prior to 1973, to see a Funeral Home in the Emergency Transport (Ambulance) Business as the local Funeral Home often served both functions. What we have witnessed is that, since it was a Top Production Model, many Coachbuilders built an overflow of their Most Popular 'Combination' Model so that the FD's could get immediate delivery .... even if they only intended to use it for Funeral Services. Then again, there would be times when this model was left at the end of the calendar year and the left-over Combination Coaches were sold as Funeral Coaches only (non-ambulance duty). This coach even came equipped with custom (screw-down) factory built-in Funeral flag staffs for the front bumpers, obviously not needed for Ambulance Duty. We have now installed a full set of Casket Rollers, Floor Deflector Supports & Mohair Carpet, where this Coach was orig. equipped from the factory with the flat floor entirely in Linoleum.
It is also equipped with the following Optional Equipment by Superior : Superior
Superior Option #116 Rear Grab Handle
, #25122 Front Tinted Windshield, #509 Outside Passenger Mirror, #85 Gas Tank Door Chrome Bezel, #778 Deluxe Armrest, #124 Headliner in Silver, #145 Rear Cabin Embellishments, #227 Air Conditioning; Front/Rear, #358 Cot Fastener (comes with car), and # Superior Motive Medallion Assy. both sides of Exterior.    
As stated it is equipped with the seldom seen Factory Air Conditioning, Full Leather Interior (we will refurbish/restore the original & add new piping), Commercial Glass, new Wide-White-Wall Radial Tires, Leather Jump Seats (2 near new), Clock, Siren /Lights Control Module, as well as a  'radio delete', plus all the usual Cadillac trappings like Power Steering, Power Brakes, Automatic Transmission, Back-Up Lights,  Windshield Washers, Dual Speed Wipers, Oil Filter, Cornering Lights, Fender Top Signal Indicators, etc. This Crown model featured the Chrome 'Crown' Band surrounding the perimeter of the Casket Chamber on the exterior , as well as, much fancier Interior, extra Superior Crown Badging on the Doors and chrome embellishments. The original headliner is 'excellent' with embroidered Gold Crown. It retains a mint Steering Wheel and Dashboard. All body Stainless is in excellent condition or has been completely restored. Motor appears (tested) and we were told it was professionally rebuilt. The "Crown" versions are the hardest to access as they are, not only the Most Expensive "Deluxe" Models but, are generally coveted by the few owners that are lucky enough to still have them.
 
This, and the Crown Sovereign Brougham, were Superior Coach Companies
Most Prestigious, Expensive and Beautiful Model's of the Mid-Sixties . It carries a lot of extra Chrome Trim at the exterior of the hearse, as well as, the extra wide Chrome Rocker Molding and fender Skirt Embellishments.  It features the popular 3 -piece rear window that was designed with the same basic body shell as the Coaches introduced in 1961, except that it featured a new 3-piece rear bumper, gas door chrome surround and re-styled rear door skin w/ simple Embellishments. This was the first of the new Factory fiberglass fender inserts, Factory fitted on both sides of the rear door which not only saved weight but, eliminated potential rust problems.
   
Prices for the Combination Models started at $10,316, with this version costing $11,169 (+ aforementioned options).  The Inflation Conversion 1963 to 2015 is $86,183.44 today! (using the 671.6% posted rate).  This coach has mileage showing and (averaging 1,135 miles per year). Born in Ohio but, having spent it's life in Missouri, where it was garaged all it's life- it will now see a full restoration & respray in Glasurit , Mechanical update, New Carpets, A.C. System Refurbished ( not rebuilt), Replacement of 4 new Tires, Complete Refurbishment of Coffin Chamber including new Drapery Rods ( Drapery Material w/ Coach),  Replacement of the Lenses in the L./R Bumper Tail Light, Add a Spare Tire Cover, some new Chrome and more.

A true classic and...... the Last of the 63-64 Series "Finned" Hearses designed & built in the Sixties.
F.D.'s from all over the Country are booking "preemies" just from parking these Antique Coaches out front of their Funeral Homes and, then charging $300-1000 for the use of a Classic Coach in the Service. We have been told by many of our Clients that customers have responded with enthusiasm to the idea of "the last ride" in a Classic Hearse.

Since this listing was first posted we have now completed : A Full Body & Paint update, Dr. Dent Removal, Complete Undercarriage Restoration using Ospho & painted Frame Black,  Refurbished or Replaced the Entire Rear Interior, Cut in new Leather on Front Seat & Restore existing Leather, added NOS Cadillac Crested (Factory) Mats, Engine Cavity Clean Up, replaced Air Cleaner with correct original, Install new Casket Rollers/Bier Pins/ Casket Stops, Restore the Exterior & Interior Badging, Polishing /restoring most of the interior Stainless Steel including (5) Step Plates, Dash Face Restoration, and adding a new Commercial Battery. Additionally; We have now at the customers option, completed a Transmission Rebuild, Built Drapery Rods (all missing), shopped & supplied yds. of Lycra Silver Thread Drapery, Tuned the Motor , replaced the after-market Edelbrock Carb with a OEM Cadillac Rochester (2x) then rebuilt by Daytona Carburetor, Fuel Filters , new Steering Gearbox, Replace some Door / Window Handles, ALL new Cintered Metallic Brakes on all 4 corners, New Finned Rear Drums, new Brake Booster, new Power Steering Pump, replaced (1) Tempered Glass Window, Electrical Wiring refurb./ update, Flag Stanchion & Flag replacement w/ Custom Flags,  new Tempered Commerical Glass L/R Window, Windo Tracks on Drivers Side, replaced some Windlace, Complete rebuild of Drivers Rear Window mechanism, another new Side Mirror, Glass Tint Removal, Restore small sections of Cockpit Headliner, Gas tank/Fuel Line Restoration w/ rear mount H.D. Filter, replace the Muffler with a Quieter Exhaust, New Hood Pads, Custom made Casket Rug for backdoor, Replaced (4) new T-6 Radial Tires, Restored the Hubcaps/Badges & Final Detail/Polish.
 Our Buyer was always involved to pick & choose in the final restoration costs.

 SOLD IMMEDIATELY
This 'COMBINATION/ CROWN' may be one of our very Rarest Coaches when completed!


THE FOLLOWING  PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE RESTORATION STARTED. RIGHT AFTER OUR FIRST DETAIL' TO DETERMINE COND.   CAR HAD 'GREAT BONES' . DRIVERS COCKPIT FLOORS IN METAL/REAR ALL LINOLEUM. SEE DENT R/R SIDE. PAINT 'DECENT' BUT, HARDLY SHOW READY. SPEAKERS AND FAN ON PARTITION. ALL INCORRECT TIRES, GLASS CRACKED L/R SIDE