Prepare to challenge fate as we embark on an extraordinary project that defies superstition—a remarkable transformation of a 1954 Pontiac Hearse! Located in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, this captivating hearse-turned-project car is now available on Facebook Marketplace for an enticing $3,000. While some may shy away from its eerie history, we’re focusing on the limitless potential this vehicle holds. Join us as we explore the possibilities of resurrecting this classic Pontiac into a custom masterpiece.
To understand the origins of this unique Pontiac, we dive into its history. It is believed that this vehicle began as a Chieftain station wagon, later sent to the prestigious Meteor Motor Company in Piqua, Ohio, for a professional car conversion into a hearse. Meteor, with its strong legacy in the industry, collaborated with Economy Coach of Memphis, Tennessee, to offer more budget-friendly professional cars. Over time, the company evolved, merging with A.J. Miller to become Miller-Meteor, leaving an indelible mark on funeral vehicles. Today, S&S Coach Company carries the torch as the closest successor to Meteor’s craftsmanship.
The seller provides some insights into the car’s condition, indicating that it requires extensive restoration. With no title and a few unattached parts in the rear, the 122 HP, 268 CI straight-eight cylinder engine may need attention. Surface rust, both superficial and potentially more severe, is visible, raising concerns about the car’s structural integrity. However, the overall completeness and presence of original trim pieces, including the iconic Pontiac illuminated Indian head hood ornament, instill a sense of hope and possibility.
While the interior bears the brunt of time’s toll, with rusted foot wells and deteriorated upholstery, it presents a blank canvas for a visionary transformation. Envisioning a radical overhaul, our plan includes installing a potent Pontiac V8 engine—perhaps a 455 CI—paired with a 4L80-E automatic transmission. Imagine sleek bucket seats, a stylish center console up front, and opposite-facing bench seats in the rear, evoking the spirit of a slammed sedan delivery. The goal is to shed the hearse persona entirely, breathing new life into this iconic Pontiac.