Horseless Carriage Shop - 1970s-1980s - Dunedin, Florida



Edward Josey, owner Horseless Carriage Shop, Dunedin, Florida (north of St Petersburg)

1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE Phaeton Limousine by Horseless Carriage Shop

1975 Rolls-Royce Phaeton Limousine custom conversion by Horseless Carriage Shop

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL Custom Limousine conversion by Horseless Carriage Shop

Photo above from reference #5, page 144. The text says: "Since 1972 the Mercedes 600 (see W100 in all its variants) because of the US safety-regulations is no longer imported into the country which especially for the High Society of New York City and Los Angeles leaves an unreasonable gap in the market. This gap was filled by the "Horseless Carriage Shop" with a version lengthened by 81,3 cm to 6,12m of the Mercedes 450SEL (Mercedes W100 600 Pullmann = 6,24 m). 

Edward Josey, owner of the shop, buys brand new 450SELs or converts customer`s cars. Despite length he offers some more things: e.g. colour TV, additional seats, maybe a small bar with refrigerator in the car`s rear - all to customer specification. For a complete 450SEL Josey asks USD 56.077".


    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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