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Demers
Paul Demers et Fils; Demer Ambulances, 1960-present;  Beloeil, Quebec, Canada
 
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Demers Carriage Co.
     

Since its establishment in 1960, Demers built ambulances and funeral coaches from both stock and extended-wheelbase station-wagons. Both ambulances and coaches were available with raised roofs. Their early coaches were essentially stock wagons with a raised roof and side hinged rear loading door. One oddity of the cars in those ads was the taillights, which were '63 Pontiac units that looked like they were just stuck onto the rear corners of the body. Early Demers products were marketed solely to Canadian funeral directors and ambulance services, however Demers began to market its products south of the border (Canadian) during the 1980s.

Cars were built using Cadillac and Lincoln sedans as well as Chevrolet, Pontiac and Ford station wagons through the 1980s. One 1980s Demers advertisement featured a short-wheelbase Cadillac landau hearse and stated that Demers used all-steel construction, with safety glass all around.

Van conversions were added to their lineup in the early 1970s and by the late 1970s van-based modular ambulances were their main products as they continue to be today. Demers remains a leading Canadian exporter of ambulances to the middle east and enjoys Ford's distinguished QVM (Quality Vehicle Modifier) approval and is located at 28 Rue Richelieu, Beloeil, Quebec, Canada

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www.demers-ambulances.com

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

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

   
 
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