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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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August 2010 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Cars for professionals
By Robert McLellan
 

I never thought about collecting literature on hearses until a collector pulled up to my house in a hearse many years ago. The casket was a novel way of storing his collection, which included literature on ambulances, limousines, taxis, police cars and hearses. Once I began putting professional car items on our catalogs, I discovered there was a demand for them. As I inventoried them, I noticed how interesting the brochures are with all the coachbuilt special features and high quality craftsmanship. When coachbuilders of the pre World War II period ceased to make luxury cars for individuals, they continued on after the war, building professional cars.

Catalogs from the professional car builders are very rare because few of these cars are built due to the very limited number of buyers. Many Cadillac and Lincoln enthusiasts acquire professional literature in their collections. But there are other makes you may not suspect of being used by the coachbuilders including most American makes and some foreign. Here is an interesting selection of professional car brochures that may interest you.

 
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Ambulances / Hearses / Limousines

1962

1972

1979
     

1982

1966

1968/69
     

1970

1977

1989
     

1978

1971-74

1976
     

1982

1978

1970
     

1977

1995

1983
     

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Police Vehicles and Taxi Cabs

1980

1994

1966
     

1976

1978

1949
     

1975

1978

1970
     

1970

1961

1985
     

1968

1970

1974
     

1978

1956

1975
     

1978

1964

1985
     

1985

1960

1968
     

1974

1975

1985
     
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, August 2010
 
 
 
 
 
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