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Okay, I was hoping that would get your attention. Cadillac and Wagon don't go together very often, except for a few oddities over the years (well, that I know of anyways.)

My name is Wes, but call me ratmonster. That's my user name on a handful of web forums. I'm 37, and in my driving years I have owned 25 cars - Fords, Toyotas, Dodges, Buicks, a couple Olds, even two Mazdas... but this is my first Cadillac. As a kid, I always thought that the big, square Fleetwood Broughams were "THE" car to own, and I always thought that I'd have one someday. I didn't know for a long time that there was such thing as a front-wheel drive Fleetwood, but as you guys know, they exist. But did they ever make one that was a WAGON???

Well, Cadillac didn't. And calling it a wagon is sort of based loosely on it's wagonesque shape. Shape is wagon, but only has front seats. The back is more of a payload area. It's a big table used to carry away those who can no longer drive themselves. Because they're dead. 'Cuz it's a hearse.

So in addition to always wanting a Caddy of my own, for the last twelve yearse or so, I have given serious consideration to buying a hearse. Before you ask why, let me sum it up for you: hearses are very well maintained, and they are generally powered by an American-made V8 engine. They are also completely custom - almost no two are identical. Mine is one of 71 made that year by Sayers and Scovill coach company. It's light sapphire blue with a color matched top.

Was it a good deal? I'll let you decide for yourself. I found my car through a friend on the website professionalcarsociety dot com. He gave me a lead of a gentleman who owns several funeral homes and had a couple cars that didn't fit the bill for his business. I went and checked out my 1992 FWD Fleetwood, fell in love with the car, drove it home. Everything works, it's almost completely free of dents and dings, the tires are brand new, and it only has 91,000 miles on it. Not kilometers, MILES. How much did I pay? $1800. That's it.

I look forward to meeting other people on the message boards here, and learning all I can about these wonderful cars. Thank you for allowing me to join the club!!!
 

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Welcome aboard, Mr. Ratmonster! I am sure you will be meeting our very own hearse officianado as soon as gets wind of your presence.
 

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Welcome. When you get yourself settled in post up some pics.

Glad to have you. Weren't too surprised at first on the thread title, figured it was another of the CTS wagons.
Was surprised when it wasn't!

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Welcome aboard.

I actually read your FWD forum post first - & you're right: you have hit on a good one here if for no other reason than, as you must've realised, it's non-judgemental. Hearses aren't for everyone & I suspect a lot of their owners are on one of the specialist forums where they feel safer among their own BUT, if it's a Caddy that's good enough here.

Congratulations on realising 2 dreams/ambitions at once. I nearly bought a hearse many years ago, very British, very perpendicular, very black & VERY cheap! Now I've got a Caddy, so hearse quite appeals again, but finding one over here would not be easy & shipping one would be expensive because of the size - & I'm pretty sure our Revenue people classify them as commercial vehicles - so attract a higher rate duty! (mind you how much can that be on that sort of purchase price?)
 

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Paul London, I assume you're in England? If so, I'm a member of a (mostly) British website too, rat-look dot com. I've seen some beautiful Volvo hearses. I could be happy with a Volvo hearse parked beside a Cadillac!
 

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Hi Ratmonster, yup I'm in England.

Volvo's are quite popular for hearse (& 6-door stretch) conversions here & with that Buick Regal inspired styling (even the 900 series/V70 estates) certainly look the part.
One would be far more practical - but it's just not the same! & whoever bought a hearse for practical reasons, although I've seen a couple being used as race car tugs - & there was a Harley place in Phoenix (perhaps, more properly, Scottsdale that had 2 as service/recovery vehicles!).

We've also got a Classic Hearse Club, which must have a forum you might like a look at.
 
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