Pontiac Professional Cars

Hearses, Ambulances and Limos, Oh My!

By Bob Wicker                      Photos from the Internet

 

When we think of limousines, we generally think of Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercedes or those huge Hummer Limos. When we think of hearses, we tend to think Cadillacs or Lincolns. Ambulances today are all built on truck chassis. However, in the past there were companies that were building these specialty vehicles on the Pontiac Chassis, using modified Pontiac bodies. In these trades, the vehicles are called "Professional Cars" and they are becoming quite collectable in some automotive circles.

Three companies in particular, Armbruster, Stageway and Superior built thousands of these special Pontiacs over the years.

Armbruster began building stretch limousines in the 1930's. Their long limos were used by touring orchestras and as hotel limos to transport guests to and from the airport. They began building stretch Pontiac limos in 1960. In 1962, they merged with limo builder Stageway to form Armbruster Stageway and continued building limos using Pontiacs and other chassis/bodies in to the 1980's.

 

ARMBRUSTER FACTORY

FORT SMITH ARKANSAS 1964

 

Stageway also used Pontiac chassis and bodies beginning in 1960, prior to the merger with Armbruster. Limousines were their primary business.

Superior Coach began using Pontiac chassis and bodies to build hearses in 1936. They continued to build Pontiac based Hearses, Ambulances and Limos until 1974. They also built professional cars on many other chassis brands.

Other companies such as Acme, Barnette, Economy, Memphis and National also built professional vehicles based on Pontiac chassis and bodies.

Please join us on our hunt for these historic Pontiac Professional Cars.

 

BARNETTE 1948 HEARSE

BARNETTE 1950 AMBULANCE

ECONOMY 1951 HEARSE

BARNETTE 1952 AMBULANCE

ACME 1953 HEARSE

SUPERIOR 1953 HEARSE

NATIONAL 1953 AMBULANCE

ECONOMY 1953 AMBULANCE

SUPERIOR 1955 BROCHURE

1955 AMBULANCE

1956 FUNERAL CAR

NATIONAL 1956 LIMO

1957 FUNERAL CARS

SUPERIOR 1957 AMBULANCES

SUPERIOR 1958 HEARSE

1959 AMBULANCE

SUPERIOR 1960 HEARSE

SUPERIOR 1960 AMBULANCE AD

SUPERIOR 1960 AMBULANCES

STAGEWAY 1960 8 PASSENGER LIMO

SUPERIOR 1960 CARAVELLE LIMO

1961 HEARSE

1961 AMBULANCE

1963 AMBLEWAGON

SUPERIOR 1963 AMBULANCE AD

1963 AMBULANCE

THIS 1963 SUPERIOR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTED JFK's BODY

FROM AIR FORCE ONE TO BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL

THE DAY HE WAS ASSASSINATED

READ OUR ARTICLE ABOUT IT HERE

STAGEWAY 1963 9 PASSENGER LIMO POSTCARDS

ARMBRUSTER 1963 LIMO

ARMBRUSTER 1963 AND 1964 8 DOOR LIMOS

SUPERIOR 1964 HEARSE

NATIONAL 1964 HEARSE

1964 AMBULANCE

SUPERIOR 1964 AMBULANCE AD

SUPERIOR 1964 AMBULANCES

SUPERIOR 1964 LIMO INTERIOR

ARMBRUSTER STAGEWAY 1964 LIMO BROCHURE

ARMBRUSTER STAGEWAY 1964 8 DOOR LIMO

ARMBRUSTER STAGEWAY 1964 LIMO

 

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