This is Ernie, he's a 1965 Volkswagen split screen deluxe microbus that we have been working hard for the last 12 months to convert him into a superb hearse. This has not been without its challenges but now Ernie is ready for service.
Ernie working together with Winnie at their first funeral in Malvern
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Ernie is now available for hire. Along with the new splitscreen hearse we have now replaced the stretched VW Beetle limousine with a 1967 Volkswagen passenger bus. 'Winnie'
Ernies coffin bier (deck) lifts into the windows.
More information to follow here are some photos for you in the mean time. We hope you like him.
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Ernie and Winnie at Stafford Crematorium open day.
Ernie shining in the sunlight at the crematorium.
The original 1960s roof rack allows us to carry flowers on the top assuming that the weather and distance allow us to.
While we have a rise and fall deck lifting the coffin depends on the size of the coffin and if it has a large floral coffin spray. We don't want to squash it on the roof.
This photo shows you just how different the two vehicles are. Hearseby the white bay has a specially designed rear with large windows while Ernie is exactly how a 60s 13 window Volkswagen should look, no modification has been made to the exterior. All vehicles are standard length.
We have designed a rise and fall coffin deck to raise the coffin and tributes into the window area.
The deck is designed to safely lift the coffin and floral tributes up into the windows and then glide down gracefully to allow removal of the coffin. We do not use this hearse for any other purpose, it is purely for funerals. We don't balance coffins on seats or perch a board inside to put the coffin on. That would not be very secure or safe, and obviously unprofessional! If you would like to view the hearse prior to booking then please let us know and we will arrange an appointment for you.
The friendly nature and look of the Volkswagen may help at the very sad event of a funeral. A fleet of formal looking black funeral vehicles can be quite frightening for children, the light coloured paint work makes our fleet very approachable and easier for children to cope with if they are attending the funeral. We are always happy for you to have time with the cars after the funeral for photographs etc.
He doesnt say much but the Stig gave us a big thumbs up having seen our hearse at the Coventry Transport Museum, The hearse deck was a full Christmas dinner tabl
The splitscreens together. While our hearse travels onboard our specially converted lorry we do not have room to carry two at a time so Winnie is limited to funerals nearer to our base. It may be possible to transport her at additional cost.
Our team dress in formal funeral attire, but if you do not wish for the drivers to dress in black please advise.
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