Thursday, October 22, 2009


Collectors Would Kill For Vintage Hearses

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hearses aren’t just funeral cars – they’re highly collectible automobiles.

Robert Dean is leading the 10th Annual Halloween Hearse Procession through Costa Mesa, California, this Sunday (Oct. 25).

He’s been collecting hearses for 22 years, and is a member of the Phantom Coaches Hearse Club.

He owns 13 vintage hearses – some bought from mortuaries – including a 1959 Cadillac model, the “holy grail” of hearses.

Dean says hearses are well-built and suitable for collecting. They also make roomy day-to-day cars.

He drives a 1995 hearse daily to work, the grocery store, and even the In-N-Out drive-thru.

Most people smile when they see him cruising, but he still gets the occasional driver who refuses to make eye contact.

Dean says older hearses can fit three people in the front and the spacious trunk can haul about six more bodies.

Some hearse collectors even gut the back and put in custom seats or trick out their rides with flashy rims.

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