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FEATURE: 1958 Cadillac Series 86 Hearse

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.As a fourth-generation funeral director, it’s only natural that Doug Ahlgrim, along with his wife Sandy, would be readily open to purchasing something as otherworldly as a stately 1958 Cadillac Series 86 hearse.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

The Ahlgrim Family

“Given my family’s long-standing trade heritage, I’ve just always loved old hearses,” Doug said. To be fair, the Lake Zurich couple also has a healthy four-wheeled appetite for good old-fashioned Detroit muscle. However, something about this classic black beauty grabbed them. They found the auto in Palatine in 1989.

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This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

This Series 86 served many years as a combination unit in Michigan. Not only did it perform funeral home runs but would also transport medical trama victims.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

Inside the spacious cabin the interior has been left completely stock. A thorough cleaning was needed shortly after the Alhgrim’s purchased the Cadillac due to its many years of hard work.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

An empty coffin fills the flat load floor, making the perfect addition for when this black beauty is parked at the local haunted house or Halloween party.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

Finding a parking spot or garage to accommodate the 20-foot, 11-inch long frame can be a challenge.

This original 1958 Cadillac Series 86 combination hearse served in Michigan for many years.

The company who outfitted the Cadillac, Superior Coaches, is still in operation in Lima, Ohio.

This Series 86 was used in the filming of a feature length movie, ‘Only the Lonely’ and a televsion show, ‘The Women of Brewster Place’.

The 1958 Cadillac was used in a movie and television show.

The 1958 Cadillac was used in a movie and television show.

Check out our photo slideshow below for more images of this classic Caddy.

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Historical photos courtesy of the Ahlgrim family.

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