25 Great Hearses for Your Final Ride
You drove big wheels as a kid. You had a moped before you could get your license. You got your first beater the day you got your license. And you’ve been a gearhead ever since, collection a variety of practical and completely-for-your-enjoyment vehicles. So why would you go out in a boring, old, beat-up Cadillac DTS? While some people are busy planning their funerals on their death beds, we’d be the ones planning which car is going to carry us from church to dirt (well, we’ll probably get cremated, but that’s a different story). When that time comes, we’ll be picking something from one of these 25 Great Hearses for Your Final Ride.
Bears Tailgate Hearse
We’re not sure if we’d take this as a good sign if we were the Bears. On the other hand, a hearse would be a great place to tailgate.
REO Funeral Hearse
Modern hearses are stately and respectful, and we get that. But old-school hearses like this put the dearly departed on display, kind of like a rolling wake.
It’s a Jaguar Hearse. Do we need a further explanation?
Venetian Water Hearse
If your main means of transport is via water, we’re pretty sure hearses like these are dime a dozen. But to the rest of the world, it’s a fairly unique conveyance.
We like it when things that are seeming contradictions — such as this Citroen hearse, for example — come to fruition. It doesn’t look half bad, either.
This design makes the coffin part of the bike. It’s completely unique.
Old-School Hot Rod Hearse
We’re pretty sure Jesus didn’t build this hot rod, but if the deceased really loved souped up rods, this might be the right hearse for the job.
Toyota Prius Hearse
Making a compact hatchback that’s meant to save the world into a hearse that allegedly gets 52 miles per gallon? Seems odd, but that’s why we like it.
Barbie’s Dream Hearse
This is a hearse for all occasions, not just funerals. Proms, bridal showers — just about any event can be livened up by Seattle’s Barbie Dream Hearse.
Who wouldn’t love a hearse that could just roll right over traffic to get to its destination?
Purple Hot Rod Hearse
Who can resist a purple car — especially a rodded out hearse? We sure can’t.
This is the ultimate in jamming econo into the afterlife. Look Ma, no extraneous bodywork and lots and lots of pipes!
This hearse reminds us a lot of Cinderella’s coach from the Disney movie. We just hope it doesn’t inadvertently turn into a pumpkin.
This ornate gilded carriage definitely sends a message. We’ve seen several Buddhist-themed hearses like this coming from Japan.
There’s no way you wouldn’t see this hearse coming.
The moment we saw this, we mentally inserted it into that episode of Top Gear where Clarkson, Hammond, and May had to make their own campers (or caravans, in UK English) out of existing cars. Here’s video on YouTube.
Its compact design looks like a modified sidecar. We like that.
For the ultimate in green posthumous transportation, this bike can’t be beat. Look, the frame is even green. It can’t get much greener than this.
It’s a church and a hearse in one. If you have to go out, why not go surrounded by beautiful glasswork?
We can’t imagine how much time and effort went into crafting all the intricate details of this hearse.
JCB Construction Hearse
When a JCB worker died, his coworkers made use of what they had at hand to provide one of the most unique memorial services ever.
Yes, it’s a motorcycle hearse — which are more common than you think. What completely makes this photo, though, is the priest sitting on the bike in full robes.
No idea what’s going on under the hood, but we do know we’d love to see this thing in action.
Gothic Estate Hearse
From the rooftop up, it looks like some shadowy gothic mansion on a hill. Except, you know, it’s on the back of a hearse. Just hope there aren’t any underpasses in this thing’s path.
Just look at it. Also, it has a working flamethrower. We’re not kidding.
TRICKED OUT FINAL RIDES: VINTAGE HEARSES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
1935 Carved Panel Hearse
Re: 1935 Carved Panel Hearse
- Hood, grille
andradiator are out, shutters freed up and working smoothly again.
Frozen hinges on rear loading door are also free now allowing access into rear compartment: