Russ Brown and Associates - 1981-1983 - Detroit, Michigan


I have tracked down one of the 1981-83 Imperial limos along with pictures of it. It is owned by a fellow in Iowa. He and I have been conversing and he tells me at least five '80s Imperial limos were done. Two were 24" stretches (his and one for a Chrysler VP at the time), and the other three were 30" stretches.  One of the 30" stretches was purchased by Burt Reynolds (probably the one used in his movies painted army green).  Another was 30" stretch was purchased by Frank Sinatra, while the last went to Universal Studios (where I'm told it still resides) in Hollywood. The 24" stretches were converted by Russ Brown and Associates outside Detroit. The 30" stretches were done by a company called ASC, also located somewhere outside Detroit. I saw an 82 Imperial limo (30" stretch) in Salt lake City back in '89 painted gold that was owned by the Mormon Church, and the driver told me it was converted by a company in Ohio (possibly Hess and Eisenhardt, who did the 73 Secret Service limos). As to their fates, I don't know. I remember seeing 2 for sale in 1989 in Hemmings Motor News. The fellow selling them was Bill Ziegenbein (outside Detroit), and I think the two might have been Frank Sinatra's and the Chrysler VP. I have tried to contact Bill to find out where the two went, but to no avail. One was seen outside Phoenix in 1986 and was owned by a Chrysler/Plymouth dealer out there, but don't know if it is one of the five I have mentioned, or another. I have spoken to a conversion company, and they have told me one could be converted today, but in addition to the Imperial, you would need a 1979-81 Newport or Dodge St Regis for the center door pillars, an additional set of Imperial doors, and a roof. I was thinking it would be neat to do, as there are many (unfortunately!!) of these Imperials in junk yards.



For more information please read:

Arch Brown - Imperial: Challenge to the Carriage Trade - Collectible Automobile, August 1987

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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