Wednesday July 29, 2015

A 1946 Ford hearse with ties to western Colorado appears in the new WGN TV series, “Manhattan,” about the making of the atomic bomb.
The 1946 Ford Tudor sedan started out in the shop of Seibert in Toledo, Ohio, in 1946.

According to Orval Proctor, the Seibert Garage began making horse-drawn carriages in 1845.

In 1946 the sedan was cut in half and stretched three feet. Two perfect handmade doors were added to the center and the rear deck lid was extended into the roof on the ambulance and hearse models.
Most of the companies that were doing stretch cars back then didn’t use many low-end cars as stretch cars, as the Seibert shop did. Most companies used larger cars such as Cadillacs, Packards, Oldsmobiles and Buicks, making this 1946 Ford hearse a rarity.
They were also used as ambulances, limo, taxi cabs and school buses.
This hearse was built and sold to the Sharp Mortuary and Doney Funeral Home in Del Norte. It was used as a hearse until 1960, when it was purchased by the town of Saguache for use as an ambulance. The ambulance was sold at auction in 1975 to Earl McDaniel, then purchased by Orval’s Used Cars in the late ’90s.
On February 15, it was purchased by Atom Productions to be converted into a limo for the “Manhattan” series. The series premiered July 27.

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