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1973 Ford LTD Wagon Funeral Coach Abbott & Hast 'Junior Hearse'

1973 Ford LTD Wagon Funeral Coach in Starsky and Hutch, TV Series, 1975-1979 IMDB Ep. 3.21

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: US

1973 Ford LTD Wagon Funeral Coach Abbott & Hast 'Junior Hearse'

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Comments about this vehicle


Raul1983 FI

2008-03-27 14:32


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Ddey65 US

2008-03-27 15:56


My first instinct would be to say it's a Ranch Wagon.

Animatronixx DE

2008-03-27 18:00


I suggest a late 70s LTD station wagon.

Anyway, this one was most likely done by Elegante Coach (and I bet the conversion didn┤t take much longer than a lunch break...).

taxiguy US

2008-03-28 01:05


This is a 1973-1978 Ford LTD

Dead Man Taxi Inc. US

2008-10-30 21:41


if you guys wanna get techincal on this site, id bet money this is what they called a first call vehichle. they used them a lot back in the 60s and 70s so they wouldnt have to always send the hearse out. as you can tell it really wasnt more than just a station wagon with paneled off windows and a few landau bars.

Animatronixx DE

2008-11-09 01:31


Yes, this is obviously a 1st call vehicle, but normally all vehicles meant to carry a coffin are categorized as funeral vehicles on the site. We don┤t split them up into full size funeral coaches and 1st callers, because it┤s not always clear how a certain vehicle was actually used. Many funeral homes used 1st call cars as regular hearses and vice versa, which was fairly practical when removal cars mainly based on station wagons. Nowadays the minivans do the 1st call jobs in most cases and they┤re considered fairly inappropriate for being used like a full size hearse. Anyway, we call all of them funeral coaches, which I definitely recommend. Merely the flower cars are named as such and that┤s OK for they┤re a very special kind of funeral vehicle.

By the way: Station wagon based 1st call cars were still current throughout the 90s, but became less popular when GM discontinued the full size cars.

aborkat US

2009-06-30 23:28


This one is definitely a service car built by Abbott & Hast of Monterey, California. These were known as "junior hearses" and were a front line work vehicle for flowers and graveside equipment, but could also be fitted with tables with casket rollers. The "junior hearse" was a formally converted station wagon, and examples have been found on Mercury, Ford, and Dodge chassis' but others makes were used as well. An easily recognizable reference for the Abbott and Hast conversion is the frosted tailgate window with a large cycas/palm leaf pattern in it (much clearer in the second photo). Abbott & Hast is still in business today as a funeral trade magazine publisher.

What I'd love to know is if this is the same car used in the Colubo TV series! :)

If you'd like to see more photos of Abbott & Hast conversions, see my photo album link. I own the green 1969 Ford:

More Abbott & Hast information and photos can also be found at -

ingo DE

2009-06-30 23:58


Ah, now we have three hearse-owners and -fans from three continents here at IMCDB. :)

Animatronixx DE

2009-07-20 00:30


Oh, we have several on the site, but most of them just appear every once in a while. Anyway, Adam is the 'chef' when it comes to Abbott & Hast conversions, so we can trust his identification.

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