1921 Sayers & Scovill HearseSOLD
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Estimate: $45,000-$60,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$60,500 Sold

Model 575. Est. 70hp, inline six-cylinder Continental engine, three-speed transmission, air-ride suspension, and mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 118"

Founded in 1876, Sayers & Scovill specialized in production of horse-drawn hearses before venturing into automotives in the early 20th century. Although mechanically unremarkable, the company ĺ s vehicles were fitted with luxurious coachwork reflective of expert craftsmanship. Now over 130 years old, S&S remains the only funeral coachbuilder founded before the automotive era, and has provided services for the likes of Rosa Parks, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and former Presidents Reagan and Ford.

As supported by complete documentation, this Sayers & Scovill Model 575 Hearse was first purchased by the funeral directors Castle, Roper, & Matthews of Nebraska before being reacquired by its manufacturer, specially outfitted, and bought in 1925 by the funeral home of Cannon & Cannon. Ruth Cannon sold the car in 1974 to William Hartley of Ohio who passed it on to Mr. Wiseman in 1998.

In present condition, the Hearse is completely original and largely unrestored. Although the body requires refinishing, as it is currently presented in a gray primer, the detailed and ornate craftsmanship is truly a work of art. Two large doors provide access to the rear compartment, which is finished in dark wood and has survived remarkably well. Dual platforms with rollers and a storage shelf are present in the rear while a single, brown leather bench seat is situated in the driver ĺ s compartment but is in need of replacement. The side panels, inner doorframes, dash panel, and headliner area are all wooden and evidently original as is the steering wheel with nickel-plated spokes. The undercarriage is likewise unrestored and, with the exception of minor signs of oxidation, is free of any serious structural corrosion. In fact, the engine compartment is the only partially restored area of the vehicle and it seems that the engine has been rebuilt with new hardware, a replated radiator, and various other refinished components.

With only three owners from new, this 1921 Sayers & Scovill funeral car is one of a kind and a fascinating example of expert, albeit uncommon, coachbuilding. Although S&S has survived to this day, this unrestored Model 575 is one of the earliest remaining motorized funeral cars and a particularly intriguing vehicle.

Reference Number 15000

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1921 Sayers & Scovill Hearse
VIN 1218A420 
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