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  1971 CADILLAC 'CROWN'SUPERIOR SOVEREIGN LANDULET HEARSE 

 

 SCROLLING OUR WEBSITE IT SHOULD BE PRETTY OBVIOUS WE SPEND, PRETTY MUCH 24/7,  SEARCHING FOR 'REALLY NICE'  CLASSIC FUNERAL COACHES AND THEN TRANSPORTING THEM, FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY HERE, FOR UPDATE & RESTORATION AND FOR 'FRONT-LINE DUTY'. DESPITE POPULAR MYTH,  "....WHY, ALL HEARSES ARE IN MINT CONDITION".  WE FIND.... THE REALLY NICE ONES ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A WELL-CARED FOR COACH.

 A 45 YEAR-OLD, BEAUTIFUL, RUST-FREE TEXAS FUNERAL CAR..... IT HAS ONLY SEEN A 'GARAGED LIFE', BOTH WITH ITS ORIGINAL FUNERAL HOME OWNER AND THEN CULMINATING IN A DOCTOR-OWNED COLLECTION OF HEARSES. IT WAS KEPT  KEPT IN A HEATED / AIR CONDITIONED BUILDING IN WISCONSIN.

IT'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE  OF  ONE OF THE  MOST BEAUTIFUL, ORIGINAL 'CROWN SOVEREIGN' MODELS CUSTOM MADE BY SUPERIOR COACH BUILDERS IN OHIO.

 DESPITE THE FACT, IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE 'DISCO DECADE' ...ROW'S OF CHEST LADEN GOLD JEWELRY AND NEARLY EVERY 70'S CULT MOVIE MADE DURING THOSE YEARS FEATURED A  'BIG' CADILLAC. BUT, HISTORY TEACHES US, IN ACTUALITY, A 67 DAY STRIKE BY THE U.A.W. (STARTING  9/14/1970), STYMIED PRODUCTION AND RESULTED IN DISMAL FINAL SALES. FACTORY RECORDS SHOW CADILLAC ONLY PRODUCED 188,537 CARS IN 1971..... THAT WAS THE LOWEST CADILLAC PRODUCTION YEAR  6 YEARS RUNNING

TOTAL 'COMMERCIAL CADILLAC CHASSIS PRODUCTION'  FOR ALL THREE OF THE TOP COACH BUILDERS (MILLER METEOR, S&S AND SUPERIOR) WAS ONLY 2,014 'PROFESSIONAL CARS'TOP THAT OFF WITH THE FACT THAT SUPERIOR  COACHWORKS ONLY BUILT 1010 CADILLAC COACHES TOTAL

( AND, THAT INCLUDED  AMBULANCES ,FLOWER CARS & HEARSES.)

TODAY,  WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ROSTER OF MODELS OFFERED BY EVERY SINGLE, 'NEW' PRIVATE COACH  BUILDER IN AMERICA.... EACH ONE OF THEM HAS A
'CROWN TOP VERSION' (MODEL) OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COACH. FACT IS, IT WAS SUPERIOR THAT WAS THE FIRST TO OFFER THIS DESIGN. 

BACK IN 1971, SUPERIOR ONLY BUILT 450 TOTAL 'ENDLOADERS'... SADLY THE MC PHERSON HEARSE BOOKS DO NOT BREAK OUT EXACTLY HOW MANY OF THE TWO DIFFERENT  'CROWN' MODELS WERE 'CROWN SOVEREIGN LANDULETS'  VS. 'CROWN LIMITED'S' (ONLY PRICES). BUT, WE CAN TELL BY THE CHASSIS TAG & STYLE OF THE LANDAU BARS THIS COACH IS ONE OF THE CROWN SOVEREIGN LANDULET MODELS. COSTING $14,344 NEW ( MORE THEN TWICE THE PRICE OF A NEW COUPE DEVILLE AT $6265).  ONE CAN ONLY SPECULATE, BY EXTRAPULATING PREVIOUS SALES, SLIGHTLY MORE THEN 250 SUPERIOR'S WERE BUILT LIKE THIS.
 
 PRODUCTION CADILLAC'S, FOR 1971, WERE COMPLETELY RE-STYLED AND IT WAS THE FIRST CAR IN ALMOST A DECADE THAT CARRIED A COMPLETELY NEW 'COMMERCIAL CHASSIS'.
IT WAS ACTUALLY 1.5" LONGER THEN IN PREVIOUS YEARS.  KNOWN AS THE '69890 MODEL' CHASSIS, IT WOULD BE THE 1st TO OFFER THE 472 V8 /365 H.P. V8 THAT RAN ON LOW LEAD FUELS. IT WAS BOLTED UP TO AN IMPROVED 3-SPD. HYDRAMATIC AUTOMATIC  TRANSMISSION. INCIDENTALLY, THIS WOULD ALSO BE THE LAST YEAR OF THE /HIGH-HORSE MOTORS (ON PAPER) AS THE INDUSTRY ONLY PUBLISHED 'NET HORSEPOWER' FROM 1972 ONWARD.  

PROBABLY THE LAST OF THE CLASSIC HIGH HORSE (TRULY FAST) LARGE COACHES.

SUPERIOR COACH SEIZED THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO OFFER EVERY ONE OF THE NEW SUPERIOR MODELS COMPLETELY RESTYLED AND REDESIGNED FROM THE GROUND-UP, AS WELL. 

ANOTHER 'FUN FACT'
IS THAT ON NOVEMBER, 1971.... A SHOWROOM STOCK 1971 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE PLACED 3RD IN THE NATIONWIDE, COAST TO COAST
"CANNONBALL RU
N" POSTING THE HIGHEST SPEED, AT 84.6 MPH AND 8.9 MPG.  SO THESE OLD CADILLAC'S WERE 'NO SLOUCHES'.......    

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THIS SUPERIOR 'CROWN' MODEL WAS THEIR LUXURY VERSION AND IT OFFERED A FULL CHROME CROWN MOLDING FROM ONE SIDE OF THE COACH ACROSS THE TOP TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CASKET CHAMBER.  INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR EMBELLISHMENTS ACCENTED THE BODY WITH CLOISENNIE CROWNS IN RED WITH GOLD ADORNMENTS ON THE PARTITION AND BACK DOOR. THIS PARTICULAR COACH CARRIES THE 'BLACK CANYON' MARBLE-LIZED FORMICA TABLE FINISH, SILVER MICA WOVEN FABRIC DRAPES AND A SPECIAL EMBOSSED FAUX LEATHER (VINYL) FABRIC THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE INTERIOR.

THIS COACH HAS THE USUAL STANDARD EQUIPMENT  TO INCLUDE POWER STEERING & F. DISC BRAKES, ROLL-UP WINDOWS, COMMERCIAL GLASS ON ALL WINDOWS, FRONT BUMPER GUARDS AND, OF COURSE, THE POPULAR RADIO 'DELETE' (WOULDN'T BE GOOD TO HAVE ANY F.D.'S ARRIVING AT A FUNERAL WITH THE RADIO 'ON').

  IT ALSO HAS THE OPTIONAL (COSTLY) FACTORY AIR CONDITIONING, REMOTE PASSENGER MIRROR, OVERSIZED VISORS WITH CHROME LOCK-DOWN DEVICE, ARGENT FLOOR MATS, SWAG DRAPERY AND WHITE WALL TIRES. . IT IS FINISHED IN COTILLION PEARL WHITE PAINT, FULL FRONT BLACK LEATHERETTE UPHOLSTERY AND CARPETS WITH A BLACK VINYL LANDAU COACH TOP.  MILEAGE : IS SUPER-LOW @"57,796" .THE AMAZING CONDITION VERIFIES SAME. THE TIRES, INTERIOR, CASKET CHAMBER AND CHROME ALL SHOW IN SUPERB CONDITION. WE HAVE PLACED THE CAR IN OUR RESTORATION PROCESS AND ARE MAKING IT WORTHY OF ANYONE'S DISCERNING EYE. IN THE INTERIM, IT RUNS LIKE A NEW CAR AND SITS STRAIGHT BEAUTIFULLY LIKE A FUNERAL CAR SHOULD.  THIS IS A GREAT 45 YR.OLD CLASSIC COACH, THAT ANY 'F.D.' WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE IN ANY FUNERAL CAR FLEET. PRICE: $28,500