Thacker Coach Sales - 1970s-1990s - Annapolis, Maryland & Washington, DC


   

Thacker Coach - Annapolis, MD - There was a company in Annapolis, MD called Thacker Coach that used to do Chrysler, Mercury and some Ford hearse conversions in the '70's and '80's. Mostly, these were wagon conversions, as I've never seen or heard about any stretches. Thackers were pretty popular with some of the smaller funeral homes in Washington, DC and Baltimore. Thacker Casket was/is also the local casket distributor, and Thacker Lincoln-Mercury was a big LM dealer in Annapolis (talk about your horizontal marketing).

Joseph (Joe) Thacker was an S&S dealer as well as the manufacturer of the Thacker station wagon pro-car conversions. His most famous creation was the Thacker Chrysler Crown Coach, which was built on full-size (pre-1978) Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country stations wagons.

I have seen brochures for their 1981-1982 Mercury Marquis Custom Landau Hearse

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THACKER CASKET COMPANY, 7422 Old Alexandria Ferry Road Clinton, MD  20735

301-856-5100.

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Wagonus Americanus by Gregg D. Merksamer

The PM Zone checks out the wagons at the American Station Wagon Owners Association "Ultimate Tailgate Party VII."

ASWOA members take pride in buying wagons on the cheap, but John Gambo of Parkton, Md., may have set a record when he traded a case of beer for this 1989 Ford Crown Victoria "Custom Landau" minihearse/first call car converted by Thacker Coach of Annapolis, Md.: "It wasn't cheap beer," Gambo stresses, and the car did need a new transmission. "You can do anything with it and they won't stop you," says Gambo's father Rick, who adds that the car had been used for the funerals of his mother and brother in 1992. "People back off and let you into intersections you would otherwise have to wait 10 minutes to enter."

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Considering how much attention Cadillac station wagons attract, it's surprising that a factory-built version has never been offered. R.S. Harper of Fraser, Mich., created this 1972 Sedan DeVille conversion owned by California enthusiast Alan Clark.

 

    For more information please read:

Gregg D. Merksamer - Wagonus Americanus - PM Zone

The Professional Car, Issue #5, Fall 1977

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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