The humble hearse is about to get quite a bit less humble: Biemme Special Cars is set to unveil a hearse based on the ultra-expensive Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Before we give you any details about the car we would like to acknowledge the pun-ability in the situation because yes, the car is called Phantom, and yes, its younger, smaller sibling is called the Ghost, and yes, its rear doors do open backwards in what was once referred to as suicide style. We'll grant you a chuckle…and then move on.
The Phantom Hearse B12 is a creation of Biemme Special Cars, an Italian carmaker that specializes in making hearses. Its current products are mostly E-Class-based models, but its craziest project to date was likely its CLS-based car. That is, until now.
Biemme's B12 is based on a Series I Rolls-Royce Phantom, but is a whopping 23 feet long, a full three feet longer than even the Phantom Extended Wheelbase. The car retains all four doors and appears to keep all of the Phantom's original seating. Below the windows and in front of the A-pillars, the hearse is nearly identical to the donor car--that is, until you look at the giant greenhouse grafted behind the C-pillar. The roof has also been raised to accommodate the car's, ahem, different passengers, and some serious engineering has gone into stretching the car so far.
Other than that, the B12 is quite close to the Phantom: the car is powered by R-R's 6.75 liter V-12 engine, sits atop a full air suspension, and is made exclusively of aluminum. Like the Phantom, the B12 is also quite expensive: a typical Phantom might cost $385,000 and up, but this one will cost at least 500,000 Euros, equal to $662,000.
The car will go on sale sometime after its formal unveiling, which is later this week at the Tan Expo funeral show in Bologna, Italy.