This Hearse/Ambulance was built by the M & M Corp. in Ohio. I talked with the Manager of the now museum over the phone and he told me that less than 850 of these combo packages were built in 1965 which was the lowest production of any years that they have been building hearses or ambulances. He also told me that there were only 50 (counting mine) of these combo package hearse/ambulances left in the World.
This hearse/ambulance had been sitting under a big long open shed behind a funeral home here in Coleman for 15 years. I had been interested in finding a hearse and fixing it up for a street rod/camper. I went in and talked to the owner of the funeral home and asked if he would sell it and he said "Yes"! He told me that the original motor went bad so in 1972 he ordered a brand new crate motor for it. He told the mechanics installing the new engine to replace the brakes, shocks, and overhaul the transmission.
He had the interior redone in blue crushed velour with white headliner. He had the car repainted with a white top and royal blue metallic bottom because that was Coleman High School colors. He had only drove the hearse for 1,000 miles before he set the hearse/ambulance up under the long shed because he bought a new fleet of hearses. I bought it from him and he had a garage not too far from him air the tires up and get it running as part of the deal. I listened to the engine and it sounded like a new one. I got it home and called some good friends of mine (that were mechanics) go from one end to the other checking/replacing whatever it needed.
It has new spark plug wires,new spark plugs, distributor cap, new kit put in the carburetor, new coil, it needs a battery, it needs a new gas tank, has a new water pump, hoses & belts, new heavy duty shocks, new tires, new bushings, replaced a bent tie-rod, put blue neon running lights underneath, replaced back door windshield (where the casket is loaded), no radio, heater coil is out, no working A/C, new windshield wiper blades, and needs a little bodywork. I parked it in my driveway, put it up on blocks, and covered the entire vehicle with a heavy duty tarp until I could get more money to have it worked on. I am a disabled Vietnam Vet in bad health and I can't work on it anymore.
An antique car dealer told me I could take it to auction in Arizona or California and it would bring me $50,000 like it sets. My asking price of $25,000 is a very reasonable price for what I have in it and its' rarity. It will only keep going up in value. I will also trade it for a good running Chevy from the '50s or '60s, V-8, driveable, two door sedan, and as close to the value of my hearse/ambulance with clean title. If interested please email at: email@example.com !! You can call me for more information but if I don't answer leave me a message and I will call you as soon as I can. Pictures of the Hearse/Ambulance will be posted soon!! God Bless & Thanks for your interest!!