Variety Is The Spice Of . . . Death
In the 1980s, Airstream sold the Funeral Coach motorhome, which could move a casket, twenty baskets of flowers, and up to fourteen mourners.Harold and Maude, the 1971 film about an old woman and a relentlessly morbid young man, features a Jaguar E-type that's converted into a hearse.
The HBO series Six Feet Under featured a lime-green, 1970s-era hearse driven by Claire Fisher, a young artist from a family of morticians.Last Ride Inc., a Florida-based motorcycle hearse company, markets a casket-holding glass case that's pulled behind a motorcycle.
Demand for hearses has slipped, due in part to cremation's rise in popularity: from 5 percent in 1975 to more than 25 percent in 2000.Some funeral homes now offer cheaper rides to the cemetery in a minivan.