A.B. Greer - Greer Body Co - 1890s-1930s - London, Ontario, Canada
|Greer Body Company? built a few
attractive limousine-style hearses on Packard double six chassis (1922).
There was also an A.B. Greer in London, Ontario, Canada that is know to have bodied a few hearses in the 1920s on Packard and Studebaker chassis. As with other small regional builders of the twenties and thirties, Greer often mounted new hearse bodies onto used Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac or other high-priced chassis giving rural funeral directors a new-looking coach for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
A.B. Greer produced carriages, commercial bodies, merchant's wagons and hearses.
The Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston, Alberta, Canada has a c.1900 A.B. Greer Hearse in its extensive collection of carriages.
North of the border, however, several companies were offering Canadian funeral directors motor equipment on Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler chassis. These firms included A.B. Greer in London, Ontario and the Mitchell Hearse Co. in nearby Ingersoll. When John J.C. Little left the Mitchell Co. and started building funeral coaches in his own small shop in Ingersoll, many of his customers delivered Plymouths, Dodges, DeSotos and Chryslers for conversion into custom-built funeral cars and ambulances. Worthy of note was a 1940 DeSoto Carved-Panel Hearse Mr. Little built for a funeral home in Dundas, Ontario.
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