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    1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    This is new to me....has anyone ever heard of a Cadillac Flower Car?? This guy near me has one for sale . He claims that the cars were made by Miami Coach Works and in very limited numbers. It apparently is on a 2 Dr DeVille Chassis with the 472 setup. He wants $9500 for it because of it's rarity I'm gathering. It looks like a large El Camino and he calls it the Mirage style. Apparently it's used in the funeral services business to transport flowers to the internment site. The car looks really good with 80,000 on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SafariOne
    This is new to me....has anyone ever heard of a Cadillac Flower Car?? This guy near me has one for sale . He claims that the cars were made by Miami Coach Works and in very limited numbers. It apparently is on a 2 Dr DeVille Chassis with the 472 setup. He wants $9500 for it because of it's rarity I'm gathering. It looks like a large El Camino and he calls it the Mirage style. Apparently it's used in the funeral services business to transport flowers to the internment site. The car looks really good with 80,000 on her.
    Yup....they are a real thing. They are rare because they were not cheap to buy when new. As for the rarity making them worth 9500, not sure about that.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Yep. There was some posted here not too long ago, not sure where. Some came with features like a working tailgate or side storages but had a basic commercial interior with no radio and basic leather panels. It'd be cool to see a 68 flower car with the high compression big motor...bet I could get it down the track fast.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Indeed. Curtis (the mentor of The Blues Brothers) drove a 1968 Flower Car in the movie. He had the back loaded up with orphanage kids delivering flyers for the concert.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Evel Knievel also had one. Put up some pics if possible!!

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Evel's car wasn't a flower car. It was a custom pickup. He had more than one, as well. Lots of info out there. Flower cars aren't really rare, but they are definitely scarcer than limos or hearses. Plenty of coachbuilt Caddies out there to pick from... pickups, flower cars, limos (short, long, factory, coach, highroof, six door, etc), hearse, ambulance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SafariOne
    he calls it the Mirage style.
    The Cadillac Mirage was made by Traditional Coach Works. They started off as '75 and '76 Coupe Devilles, and were not flower cars.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Well well, learn something new everyday!!!! Thank you Mr.Oldschool, you're always on the facts!!

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    There's guys on here that know a lot more about coach Cads that I do...

    I would love a Cadillac station wagon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool
    Evel's car wasn't a flower car. It was a custom pickup. He had more than one, as well. Lots of info out there. Flower cars aren't really rare, but they are definitely scarcer than limos or hearses. Plenty of coachbuilt Caddies out there to pick from... pickups, flower cars, limos (short, long, factory, coach, highroof, six door, etc), hearse, ambulance...
    Once on CL I saw a factory looking 90 350 brougham with suicide doors.....I wonder if it was some sort of mini limo conversion? It had no interior shots of the rear area unfortunately (If I had the 3k at the time, I definitely would have looked into buying it. It was sweet looking.)

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    The Guy I bought my 75' CDV from had one of those Fleetwood Brougham Castilian Wagons, It threw me for a loop and i had to stop and take a closer look at it, becuase at the time even with all the research I had done, I didn't know such a thing existed!



    Those flower cars probablty wouldn't be a bad investment, and could have some practical uses too so long as it had a drop down tail gate


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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    I love those Fleetwood Wagons. The ultimate road trip cars, right there.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    You rang?

    Flower cars, eh?

    The reason why they remained a rarity and are deemed (by some) to be of high value is that they are often seen as "The last of the hand-built Crown Jewels". they were actually typically used to carry caskets, not flowers. Only people with a lot of money invested in their funeral would have a Hearse AND Flower Car (Often known in the industry as a "Coupe De Fleur") present in a funeral procession. The casket could be carried either on the stainless steel bed in the rear or in a hidden compartment located beneath it (which was not on all of them and is more common on late-model cars). The name comes from that whether or not they had a casket in the bed, beneath it or did not have one at all, they would be used to display large floral sprays and arrangements.

    As for the price $9,500 is not bad for something of that rarity and vintage, but that IS quite a lot. It would have to be in fantastic shape, inside and out, cosmetically and mechanically to realistically be deemed that valuable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Giovanni View Post
    I love those Fleetwood Wagons. The ultimate road trip cars, right there.
    I'll take that as a compliment towards my car.

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    Re: 1968 Cadillac Flower Car

    Most funeral homes didn't have a flower car. If your funeral procession did have a flower car, it was a real sign of status.


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    My Mum had three. None were ever used for services during her ownership of them.

    By the nineties, they became rather uncommon. There were and still ARE Flower Cars being made, but they declined jn popularity during the eighties and were seldom used thereafter.

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