Let Us Help You Choose a Unique Funeral Hearse for Your Loved One’s Final Journey
During your difficult time, we can guide you in making the choices that best honour your loved one. Regardless of whether or not their wishes have been prearranged, we are dedicated to farewelling your loved one with care and dignity.
Many of us have wonderful memories associated with the cars we grew up with. Memories like the smell of hot vinyl from Dad’s old Kingswood or the noise from slipping the clutch in Mum’s Mini.
Kiwis love their cars and at CCFS we have a passion for quality cars. We are proud that our funeral vehicle fleet is one of the most diverse in New Zealand and this is evidence that we at CCFS are into our cars!
Due to garage constraints we have vehicles stored in various locations, but they’re available upon request. We also have three vehicles currently in active restoration.
Our flagship hearse is a white 2002 Cadillac from America. It has been modified by Superior Coach Builders in Ohio to meet the demands of the funeral industry. This car is a favourite of many of the CCFS staff for the smooth ride, soft seats and purring V8 that only a Caddy can provide.
One thing about Cadillac’s is their size. Our 1992 Caddy originally saw service in Japan and prior to this in America. She is big, black and impressive and probably the image that most people come up with when thinking about hearses.
Only 52 of the low-line DS 420 Daimler hearses were ever made. We own the only two in New Zealand (1974 and 1975) and are proud to present these English ladies in all their quietly restrained elegance; one in white and the second in traditional black.
This model of hearse was famously used at Princess Diana’s funeral, and many Kiwis recognize and relish the understated glory of classic British motoring.
At CCFS we tend to prefer Fords for our transfer vehicle due to the longer wheelbase and larger rear doors that Falcons offer. We have 11 of these modes available and we also utilise these vehicles when tight access is an issue for the larger American or British vehicles.
1971 Ford Galaxie Street Rod is the management favourite and is currently nearing the end of a long refurbishment. A fully stretched Dalton Coach hearse, it was built in Sydney and has spent a significant time in Queensland, Australia.
In 2008 we were asked to provide a fitting vehicle for the memorial service of a young man who was really into his cars, and arranged for the use of his friend’s 1972 XY Falcon station wagon which had been ‘rodded’. It was a real hit.
At that point, we knew we wanted one of our own, and so together with Grant Silvester at Sydenham Park we came up with a plan to build the longest, lowest and loudest street rod hearse in New Zealand.
So far she’s been lowered, has a completely rebuilt and worked V8, transmission, Pacer headers and pipes, 20 inch Chip Foose mag wheels and is currently out to paint and panel, which is then to be followed by an upholstery tidy-up aimed at keeping the ‘70s feel.
The Ford Galaxie be available in the very near future and then will be seen around Canterbury at special events. While it’s definitely not for everyone; this is one special car that makes a statement.
Our other main restoration project is a 1929 Dodge Hearse, which is being restored to show off its high standards and craftsmanship. Due to the fact she is totally original it takes a bit of skill to drive this vehicle!
As you can imagine, the lack of parts has been a real issue and virtually all replacements have to be handmade and custom manufactured. This restoration will be extensive as the other restoration projects have been, but we’re quietly confident she is going to be gorgeous and will really appeal to the dedicated vintage enthusiast.
We have a replica 1890 horse-drawn funeral coach in storage that will be the focus of a new static display. Requiring a total restoration, our aim to make it historically complete, and we’ll be working on it in house.
Call us on 03 358 8807 and we’ll help you navigate through the funeral process and beyond.