Research carried out by a funeral vehicle coach-builder, has revealed the top ten most bizarre funeral car requests.
The poll by Wilcox Limousines quizzed over 200 funeral directors about trends and out of the ordinary occurrences that had been unearthed during their work within the funeral industry. As part of this they were asked to outline any ‘different to the norm’ funeral vehicle choices that they had encountered during their time helping out on the final journey of the deceased.
The team at the funeral car company then put together a list of the top ten vehicles from the answers they got back, revealing the following shocking short list:
1. An airport fire engine
2. A Scooby Doo coloured van
3. A Del Boy style three wheeled hearse
4. The back of an artic crane lorry (escorted by a 75 tonne crane)
5. The bucket of a JCB
6. A milk float
7. A Ford Capri (the closest resemblance to a 1970’s Dodge Charger) painted in the Dukes of Hazzard Colours
8. A tank
9. A flatbed lorry
10. A steamroller
Other revelations dug up, that weren’t counted among the top ten, included: tractors, motorcycle hearses, and even a wheelbarrow.
Paul Wilcox of Wilcox Limousines said: “As experienced funeral vehicle coach-builders we like to think that we know a thing or two about the transport needs of these occasions. But the unconventional nature of some of the requirements on our list certainly raised a few eyebrows in our office.”
He added: “Even though there are a few eye-openers here, funeral directors are fantastic at taking it all in their stride. There really are few professions where people will go to such lengths to accommodate customer requests.
“Respecting somebody’s last wishes means that funeral directors often go far and above the usual call of duty. Our research reveals just some of the idiosyncrasies that they’re able to work with – we’re sure that there are far more out there.”