Vintage Hearse: 1939 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse

July 08, 2014 | | Comments 1

The 1939 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse was produced by Sayers and Scovill. Sayers & Scovill, also known as The S&S Coach Company, was founded in 1876. At the turn of the 20th century the funeral coach business was thriving. The fierce competition at the time helped generate high standards of craftsmanship and design. At the turn of the 20th century sharp competition helped create the superlative standards of craftsmanship and design which remain an S&S tradition to this day.

While 1939 Cadillac is known as the “carved-panel” hearse, the panels aren’t actually carved. In the late 1930’s S&S used and an aluminum casting process in order to fabricate the drapery panels. The result was a lighter weight, durable, and longer lasting panel which entailed much greater detail.

Blue Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse

This unique hearse (above) is now owned by Mr. Jerry Kayser, from Moses Lake, WA. Kayser had the 1939 Cadillac fully restored back in the late 90’s. This award winning vehicle won Best of Show at the 1998 Professional Car Society’s International Meet.

Grey 1939 Cadillac Carved Hearse

1939 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse Interior

Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse Interiorvia Linux Hearse

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  1. bill malmgren says:

    I am looking for a 1947 cathedral cadillac hearse I might be able to get that I can restore. Would you happen to have any contacts that could help with my search?

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