Nicely Preserved: 1962 Pontiac “Superior Coach” Hearse

This 1962 Pontiac “Superior Coach” Hearse is something a bit different, and it appears to be nicely preserved. I’m really not sure what I would do with it so it will be very interesting to see what sorts of ideas our readers can come up with. Barn Finder local_sheriff referred the Pontiac to us, so thank you so much for that. It is located in Novato, California, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding is currently sitting at $5,988, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

This hearse started out in life as a Pontiac Bonneville wagon but was then delivered to a company called “Superior Coach” where the hearse conversion took place. There is only one photo supplied that shows the complete vehicle in the listing, but there is a good selection of detailed shots like this, and they do paint a positive picture. The Pontiac looks to be nice and straight, with no obvious signs of rust or major damage. The owner purchased the vehicle back in 2007 and has performed a minimal restoration. This included a repaint, and this looks like it was completed to a high standard. The majority of the external trim and chrome looks to be quite good, although the owner does acknowledge that the bumpers will need to be re-chromed. The original vinyl top also seems to have held up really well. One aspect of the body of this vehicle that really stands out for me is the lack of side windows. The majority of hearses that you see have these, but due to the fact that this hearse didn’t see service as a funeral car, but was used to transport deceased people from the mortuary to the funeral director’s, windows would have been unnecessary.

When it comes to the interior, the only item that has been restored is the front seat. It has received a new cover of the correct material and color, and the owner even went to the trouble of using the original Superior Coach horse-hair padding to protect the hearse’s originality as much as possible. He also replaced the rubber floor mat, but the rest of the interior is not only original but is remarkably well preserved. Luxury appointments are few and far between, as the vehicle isn’t fitted with such niceties as a radio or air conditioning.

There are no photos of the engine, but we do know that it is a 389ci V8, while the car features a Hydra-Matic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. The owner says that the car drives nicely, and it appears that it has been well maintained. He is unsure whether the 41,800 miles showing on the odometer is correct, but it is certainly quite feasible with a car like this.

Now it’s over to our readers for some input and ideas. The condition of this Pontiac appears to be extremely good, and it also seems to be mechanically sound. If you bought it, what would your plans be? A more interesting question would be whether there are any of our readers who would be willing to bid on it?

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  1. TimS Member

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen another. Somebody must have been a big Pontiac fan & I can’t blame them. A modern day fanatic will likely snap this up. Would be great for a period-correct movie car.

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  2. Kenneth Carney

    Just add a radio and Vintage Heat & Air,
    and put it to work in the cadaver transport business. This is big business here in Florida, and a person with the right equipment could make a very good
    living. Nice post. Haven’t seen one in
    years.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Hi Ken, I agree on the big business down there. In Wisconsin, Florida is known as God’s waiting room. It looks like the new tablet is working good for you! Take care Bud!

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    • Sam61

      First call vehicle.

      There’s an upcharge at the funeral home for a Cadillac instead of a Pontiac for that final ride…

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    • 36 Packard

      When my Dad passed away, my brother and brother-in-law picked up a handmade wooden casket for him and delivered it themselves to the funeral home. They used a brand new Dodge Dakota. On the way they got the munchies and hit a McDonalds. I was told the looks on the girls faces at the drive through was priceless. Dad would have got a kick out of that. Plus Dad was always a Chrysler Corp guy. The vehicle that picked him up after passing was a Dodge van, and the fact his casket was delivered in a Dodge was great too. Now if the hearse could have been a post war Plymouth, he would have been fulfilled. Unfortunately it was a Caddie, but Dad was also an understanding man. I really miss my him, I hope in Heaven he has a nice ride. God is a decent guy, bet he set him up with something with an L Head six and a three on the tree. Dad if so, is surely smiling.

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    • Miguel

      A radio is completely unneeded.

  3. CapNemo

    Very nice car, I’d love to have it but I’m almost out of room. It’s been repainted.

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  4. Slightly Askew

    I seem to remember these were prone to developing leaking head caskets.

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  5. JOHN

    When I was younger we had a 59 Cadillac hearse painted yellow as a pool work truck riding in style

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  6. Steve

    Get a coffin, fill it up with beer and tailgate

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  7. JBP Member

    Isnt it olds taillights?

    • CCFisher

      Close, but no. 1962 Pontiac Safaris had this oval taillight. 1962 Oldsmobiles had similar taillights, but the lenses were peaked at the narrow ends.

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  8. Tort Member

    Always liked those years of Pontiacs and would drive it but do not care to ride in it. At least for a long time!

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    • Beel

      Yes, better to be seen than viewed.

  9. Ken Member

    Both my brother and my mother took their last rides in a ’62 Pontiac hearse, three years apart (1979 and 1983). It looked exactly like this car, except it was all black. The small town funeral home had a matching ’62 Pontiac limousine I rode in twice. Ever the car nut, I peeked at the odometer. It had about 19,000 miles on it.

    My brother would have understood. ­čśÄ

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    • Todd

      Can I ask where your brother and mother took there last ride? I purchased a 62 Pontiac hearse that was in service those years.

      • Ken Member

        Prosser, Washington. Flint Funeral Home owned them.

  10. Danger Dan

    I wouldn’t be caught dead in that thing

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  11. Will Irby

    That would make a nice stable-mate for this Olds.

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  12. CaCarDude

    Nice looking Olds there Will. Appears to be a ’61 Starfire by seeing the side trim. This Pontiac is a nice looking ride and still wears its CA commercial Black plates. If I had the room I would like to ad this to my car stable, always had a big liking for the early sixties wide track Ponchos. Nice find!

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    • Will Irby

      Yes, it was a ’61, with the stainless side trim. I always liked those full-size GM cars from that era. Olds had the 394, Pontiac had the 389 and 421, and Buick had the 401 nailhead. They were all solid, comfortable cars for their era, and they had style, which seemed to go out of style shortly thereafter.

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    • Miguel

      The first thing I did with my hearse was to get rid of the original commercial plates. California charges by weight with those and the fee per years was much higher than even the personalized plates I ordered.

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  13. MikD

    My younger brother, RIP, created this advertising Hearse for his company. Instead of a slide-out for the casket, it was converted to a slide-out for a j-ski, the focus of his company. It’s always an attention getter, wherever it goes.

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  14. local_sheriff

    MikD; that was indeed a clever way of your brother to utilize a retired side-opening hearse, while still not ruining the vehicle!

    Being based on the Bonneville it should have the 4spd Hydramatic. All 61-64 Pontiac wagons shared 119inch wheel base; I’m not sure whether Superior based the Consort on a wagon or sedan, but it’s the short WB version as opposed to the longer Criterion that got a more comprehensive conversion. Cotner-Bevington also made a combination vehicle based on the 62 Poncho.

    In my world the 62 is the sexiest Pontiac ever. Only con is that Pontiac didn’t retain the ‘opposed C’ taillights on their wagons this year; a Pontiac trademark almost as strong as the split grill. Had it not been for just aquiring a 64 Bonneville Safari I’d SERIOUSLY consider bidding on this hearse. It’d be a perfect vehicle for my ‘Last Journey’ imagined future business of hauling deceased gear heads in-style with their beloved hobby!

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  15. Chuck

    This is one beautiful example. I’d put vintage air in the car and enjoy it.

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  16. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Friend back in the late 60’s had a mid 50’s Caddy Hearse. Great party vehicle and a lot of room to paint it up on the outside. You’ve never seen a hearse till you’ve seen one with a Von Dutch Eyeball, an Ed Roth Rat Fink (none done by the original artists) and the rest of the psychedelic world of the day. Makes a wonderful party platform, it’s amazing how many beer kegs you can get into it and there’s little chance of it being abused in it’s prior life.

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  17. TimM

    I never seen a Pontiac hearse!! Nice ride!! But I’m in no hurry to try this one!!!!

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  18. Todd

    Awesome vehicle. Looks a lot like mine, except mine is a ambulance/hearse combo. It has a Federal Signals light and siren. Mine was originally midnight blue with silver top. Great design by Superior Coach, great car from Pontiac. Super fun to drive!

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    • local_sheriff

      Hey; another one! Is yours also a Consort (123 inch WB) version? Could you post a profile pic of it?

  19. Larry

    Oh wow, I used to have one of these but it was in deplorable shape and needed a total restoration

  20. Miguel

    This was not a first call car.

    This was used for transports. There is a difference.

    A first call car would have a flat floor for a gurney, not rollers.

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  21. JOHN

    That thing is way cool. Outstanding condition considering it hasn’t even been restored. I suppose if I was a more serious collector with a large collection, I would want this! I wouldn’t change anything, but imagine it with a black top and no landau irons on the side and 8 lugs… pretty sweet!

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  22. Howard A

    Ever wonder why there’s no luggage racks on hearses? Can’t take it with you. President Kennedy was hauled away in a ’63 Pontiac. These cars still give me the creeps.

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  23. Dan

    Would go well with my 65 , no room at the inn at this time.

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  24. Stevieg Member

    Dan, that is a beautiful Cottner-Bevington!
    I like this old Pontiac. In fact, I am hoping the insurance check to replace my Harley that got totaled out a month ago shows up & there is enough to be able to bid on this & hopefully buy it. I didn’t check the eBay ad yet. For all I know it could have sold already, but I hope not.

  25. Superior Coach

    No need for “quotes” on Superior Coach. It was a major company back in the day. 1923-1981. In the 1950s and 1960s Superior Coach was the world’s largest school bus and professional vehicle (funeral) coach builder. Superior had two plants, Lima, Ohio and Kosciusko, Mississippi. I believe the Pontiac hearses were made at the Kosciusko, MS plant. As a footnote, Kosciusko is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey. Both old Superior Coach plants are still standing. The former Kosciusko plant is now used for other business, but the Lima, OH plant is still used for limousine and other professional coach making.

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  26. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Ended: May 19, 2019 , 9:39PM
    Current bid:US $8,489.00
    Reserve not met
    [ 19 bids ]

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