It's hard to champion the purchase of a hearse unless you're a funeral director or Rob Zombie. Add to that we don't normally feature cars located outside of the US and that's 2 strikes. Nonetheless this 1976 Meredes 200 diesel's coachwork and acres of glass were too interesting not to share.
Hearses in the US are normally massive steel affairs, so the by contrast this little 200 looks downright sporty. The glass in the rear is massive from all angles and we shudder to think about replacement costs. If one of those windows cracked, we'd probably just go ahead and convert the whole thing into a ute.
The Italian (?) coachwork is impressive from the photos, and we're can't tell if it has a slightly sloping roofline, or if the plunging windows are throwing us off. The business end of the interior looks to be heavy duty, and the cab looks more taxicab than somber luxury. The seller claims this hearse likely took some mob bosses on their last ride. We're not sure about that, but we're into the idea of our last ride being in a 4-speed diesel.
We're also drawn to the seller's description that reads more like intentionally obscure poetry than language barrier. We might start referring to all cars that avoid snow as: "the snow knows the car only heard about." We're racking our brains trying to figure out an alternative use for this thing if you brought it stateside. Seal it up and make a fish tank? Mobile greenhouse? Haul plywood at home depot and see what kind of looks you get? We're reaching here, share your thoughts in the comments.
Find this Mercedes on eBay in New-Ulm, Germany for $8,999 USD.
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