When a funeral coach limousine is removed from it’s service to a funeral home, where does it go? Outside of the occasional used-car lot find, they seem to just disappear. Not too shocking, really…who wants a car that closely associated with death? They might be some of the best-kept vehicles in ownership, but that isn’t going to settle your date’s nerves when you show up in a car she’s seen parked at a funeral home with little flags on the fenders. Still, the six-door limousines meant for transportation of the bereaving family do offer an interesting option, an alternative to the nine-passenger SUV that seems to have become the prerequisite family wagon.
This 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was converted into a six-door by Armbruster Stageway, a coachbuilder that has been in the game for a century. Though they are now pretty much an all-Cadillac show, this Oldsmobile is one of a reputed possible three examples that the company converted. How do we know that little fact? Because the seller of this Olds is a fan of these stretched cars to the point of being rabid. Nothing wrong with that, just pointing it out.
But what would you do with this thing? It’s GM B-body, so there’s limitless opportunity. We’d say a suspension drop, a late-model powertrain swap, and gear it for long-duration Interstate jaunts. Or maybe make sure that the frame is good, and go full on race car: tubbed out, blown Rat, nitrous, the whole nine yards. Show up at a race with this thing and watch the jaws drop.