Cars For Funeral …
In the early 20th century the hearses were only for cery rich people. Cars for the funeral looked fantastic: they were decorated with columns, vases and sculptures, and they resembled the ancient ritual carriages.
In Japan, expensive hearses resemble a miniature Buddhist temple.
Normally more luxurious brands of car are used as a base; the vast majority of hearses in the United States and Canada are Cadillacs and Lincolns.
In Europe, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, Jaguar, Opel, Ford, Vauxhall and Volvo are or were common contemporary bases, and in the past even used Rolls-Royce cars were converted, though their cost is generally considered prohibitive.
In recent decades, high capacity funeral homes have implemented designated “first-call” vehicles, used exclusively to transport the deceased to the funeral home.
These vehicles are often converted full-size station wagons that may or may not feature a traditional landau roof and bars, although in recent years, following the end of the full-size station wagon era, the preference has shifted towards minivans with slide-over landau bar panels for the third row windows.
Many first-call vehicles have the appearance of a hearse, but will not accommodate a full-sized casket in length or height.