The Town Car is dead, but Lincoln's ties to the professional car (i.e. hearse) industry are alive and well. In fact, future Lincoln hearses and limousines will likely be built from the company's MKT crossover, like the example shown above.
Photos of this elongated MKT mausoleum made the rounds yesterday, when spy photographers captured it running around the company's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The hearse itself, however, isn't exactly new. Ford announced its intent to make the MKT its livery platform earlier this year, and this example has reportedly been shown at various trade shows for a few months.
Speculation suggested Ford itself crafted this car, but as has long been the case with professional cars, the alteration was performed entirely by an independent coachbuilder. In this case, Eagle Coach stretched the unibody crossover to prepare it for its casket-hauling duties. Apart from the increased wheelbase and elongated rear doors, the majority of the sheetmetal beneath the beltline remains true to the stock MKT, although the funeral car is gifted with a tall roofline, side-opening hatch, and traditional landau bars on the D-pillars. Inside, the Eagle-prepped MKT sports marble floors, leather trim, and matching marble trim accents on the door panels and walls.
This may be the first MKT hearse we've laid eyes on, but it certainly won't be the last. Federal Coach is also reportedly readying an MKT hearse of its own, and we imagine other professional car manufacturers will roll out modified MKTs of their own in the months to come.
Source: Miller & Sons Funeral Car Sales