W.S. Ballantyne Co. 1962-1967 - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
During the 1960s, the W.S. Ballantyne Co. of Windsor, Ontario turned out small numbers of custom-built funeral cars and ambulances for Canadian funeral directors and ambulance operators. The one-off vehicle shown on the back cover is a raised-headroom ambulance conversion of A 1964 Chrysler station wagon built for an ambulance operator in St. John's, Newfoundland. Rear headroom was raised 10 inches.
see The Professional Car, Issue # 51, First Quarter 1989
A number of station wagon conversion firms offered service car and ambulance conversions of Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler station wagons into the late 1970s. The most prolific of these were those done by the Automotive Conversion Corp. of Troy and Birmingham, Mich. Other companies included Abbott & Hast in Los Angeles and Universal Coach in Detroit. In Canada, the Elegante Coach Co. of Kitchener, Ont. and a few small concerns in the Province of Quebec -- Cloutier and DeMers -- also offered standard-wheelbase Dodge and Chrysler hearse conversions. The short-lived W.S. Ballantyne Co. built a small number of one-off ambulances and hearses on Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler chassis between 1963 and 1967. Chrysler Corporation actually promoted its Plymouth, Dodge and Chrysler station wagons as the ideal service car in funeral service trade journals in the 1960s and '70s.
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