Able Coach Co. - 1960s - Buffalo, New York


Able Coach Co. of Buffalo NY - In the back of American Funeral Cars & Ambulances Since 1900 is a list of hearse and ambulance manufacturers that includes Able Coach Co. of Buffalo as doing station wagon conversions.


NEW!! multi-purpose AMBU-HERSE - The Hit of the National Funeral Directors Convention - Provides Five Distinct Optional Variations

1. Conventional STATION WAGON - for use as family vehicle.

2. HEARSE (Limousine Style) - equipped with a casket table mounted ou a track which allows table to roll out even with edge of tailgate for loading convenience. This HEARSE PACKAGE FEATURE provides:

A. A Removable, Formica-covered Casket Table with conventional casket rollers and adjustable Breedien Locking Pins.

B. Limousine style window drapes of the airplane type.

C. Name plate and plate holders.

3. AMBULANCE - equipped with regular cot Holder for Lowboy style ambulance cot ­ Plexiglass window inserts with ambulance design - Alternating Red Seal Beam Headlights and pulsating parking and taillights for safety while standing, through use of LC.C. switch - Attendant seat in rear compartment (split-second seat option offered by manufacturer).

4. SERVICE CAR - equipped with locking device for regular mortuary removal cot, fiber. glass inserts for side door windows and rear quarter panel windows presenting a frosted glass appearance.

5. Emergency AMBULANCE and removal or FIRST CALL unit while in use as a family car.

Emergency ambulance package available for the needs of funeral directors engaged in ambu­lance work consists of folding emergency ambulance stretcher, rotary roof light (magnetic­demountable), first aid kit and respirator (with 50 minute supply of oxygen), by MINE SAFETY APPLIANCE CORP., all stored in cargo well under floor in rear storage compart­ment. This feature provides emergency equipment on hand at all times.

For the funeral director not engaged in ambulance work the above equipment may be deleted and an emergency style folding mortuary cot may be carried in the same underfloor storage compartment - allowing the operator to always have sufficient equipment on hand to permit instant response to emergency calls without returning to base of operation. Many other options also available.

designed and manufactured by

ABLE Coach Co. Inc.

P.O. Box 114 Station G

Buffalo, NY

ad in March 1965 American Funeral Director show 1963 Buick Estate Wagon Conversion


    For more information please read:

The Professional Car Issue #112,  2nd Quarter 2004

The Professional Car (Quarterly Journal of the Professional car Society)

Gregg D. Merksamer - Professional Cars: Ambulances, Funeral Cars and Flower Cars

Thomas A. McPherson - American Funeral Cars & Ambulances Since 1900

Carriage Museum of America - Horse-Drawn Funeral Vehicles: 19th Century Funerals

Carriage Museum of America -  Horse Drawn - Military, Civilian, Veterinary - Ambulances

Gunter-Michael Koch - Bestattungswagen im Wandel der Zeit

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Ambulances 1900-1979: Photo Archive

Walt McCall & Tom McPherson - Classic American Funeral Vehicles 1900-1980 Photo Archive

Walter M. P. McCall - The American Ambulance 1900-2002

Walter M.P. McCall - American Funeral Vehicles 1883-2003

Michael L. Bromley & Tom Mazza - Stretching It: The Story of the Limousine

Richard J. Conjalka - Classic American Limousines: 1955 Through 2000 Photo Archive

Richard J. Conjalka - Stretch Limousines 1928-2001 Photo Archive

Thomas A. McPherson - Eureka: The Eureka Company : a complete history

Thomas A. McPherson - Superior: The complete history

Thomas A. McPherson - Flxible: The Complete History

Thomas A. McPherson - Miller-Meteor: The Complete History

Robert R. Ebert  - Flxible: A History of the Bus and the Company

Hearses - Automobile Quarterly Vol 36 No 3

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Automobile Manufacturers Worldwide Registry

G.N. Georgano & G. Marshall Naul - The Complete Encyclopedia of Commercial Vehicles

Albert Mroz - Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Trucks & Commercial Vehicles

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999


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