Dillinger Coach Works - Dillinger-Gaines Coach Works - 1970s-1990s - West Islip, New York - later Empire-Gaines?


   

Known dates 1975-1990

Dillinger-Gaines Coach Works: A New York firm specializing in "stretched" Limousines famous for their Trump Golden Edition.

"The Executive" limousine and the "Trump Golden Edition" both built 1988 in collaboration with New York developer, Donald Trump are pictured in Cadillac news sheet, Vol. 2, issue 1

The "Golden Edition" was built 1988 in collaboration with New York developer, Donald Trump; picture in Cadillac news sheet, Vol. 2, issue 1 (in 1988 literature drawer); also catalogue/folder "The Trump Series " (includes "The Executive" Limousine)

There may be a connection of sorts with Empire Coach Works as a number of early 1990s limos have been ID'd as Empire-Gaines limousines.

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Oldsmobile Limousine 1984 Custom built by Dillinger Coach Works, 6 door, 9 passenger,
no divider, dual air, bar, TV, stereo, cassette, wire wheels

The 70" stretch was their most popular size for Lincoln limousines in the late 1980s

Dillinger Coach Works was a mass production facility for standard style limos with an assembly line staffed by UAW employees. AT one time the West Islip, Long Island firm employed over 250 people. 

Kevin Wagner, a former employee of the firm started Millennium Custom Auto in 1998 and specialized in exotic stretches.

 

   

For more information please read:

For more information please read:

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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