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Powerflite
Posted 2024-04-01 4:39 PM (#634495)
Subject: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military



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We need a dedicated thread on the special purpose vehicles that either came out of the factory or were immediately modified by an external company.

The first car I would like to post is the '56 Plymouth panel wagon, and yes, it came from the factory as a panel, not some recreation. The sides are completely different from the wagon and the side panels have formed ends, not just flat steel. These are very rare and I was an idiot for passing it up. This one was made in Los Angeles for a California fire department and was originally painted red with a white roof. Here is the fender tag on it:

M8: 3
M9: 4

SCHED: 0807
NO: 3192
MODEL: P281
BT: 617
PT: 677
TR: 802

You can read more about it here:
http://forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=32215





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Powerflite
Posted 2024-04-02 12:25 AM (#634498 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: Re: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military



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Supposedly, this '62 Valiant wagon was sent by Chrysler to Amblewagon, an ambulance company in Madison Heights, Michigan; to create these panel wagons to be used for florist deliveries, among other things. Apparently, they welded the rear doors shut and added the panels. More of a hack job, IMO, than other panel wagons, but it's interesting. I guess if all you have available are 4dr wagons, you make do with what you have.



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frwl
Posted 2024-04-02 2:08 PM (#634502 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: RE: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military


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This picture was taken from the link on «Forwardlooks in old pictures/postcards» thread on page 314:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=14389&...

Link:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/320156-1956-cowl-tag-vin-number-deciph...

This is «Airporter» Long-wheelbase 1956 Chrysler New Yorker:

MODEL 45 = Chrysler New Yorker Four Door Sedan
PAINT 05 = Stardust Blue
TRIM 42 = Medium Blue Sculptured Brocatelle and Dark Blue Petit Point Nylon
SCHED 113 = Scheduled on January 13, 1956
ITEM 0295 = 95th or 295th Sedan built that day

Letter options:
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass

SO-A702 = Special order Car: Probably shipped to Armbruster-Stageway, Fort Smith, Arkansas for modify to «Airporter»
11825 = Body Number

Hard to see «9» above «B» in the letter-options line;
The letter «B» means Power Brake Booster unit:
«5» above «B» stands out Power Brakes on the Windsor line;
New Yorker, 300B and all Imperials have Power Brakes as standard equipment, so there is no «5» above «B»;
I guess «9» above «B» in this case means Power Front Disc Brakes, which was standard on the long-wheelbase Crown Imperial Sedans and Limousines
It would be makes sense for that heavy-weighted car…

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=74258&...




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Posted 2024-04-02 2:12 PM (#634503 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: RE: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military


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Posted 2024-04-02 2:14 PM (#634504 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: RE: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military


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frwl
Posted 2024-04-02 2:16 PM (#634505 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: RE: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military


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1959 DODGE CORONET USAF AMBULANCE MILITARY MEMPHIAN FOR SALE
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Zip: 75686
Body Style: Wagon
Year: 1959
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel: Gas
Condition: Used
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I currently have for sale ON E-BAY, an original 1959 Dodge Coronet Memphian USAF Air Force ambulance. This car started life as a standard 2 door Dodge Coronet, when it was sent to Memphis Coach Company, who installed the ambulance conversion and dropped the 396 CI engine in it for the US Air Force. I am assuming this was used either at an airport, or on a Aircraft Carrier because it does not look like it has very good off road capabilities. I found this vehicle sitting in a driveway a while back and hated to see such a beautiful piece being wasted, so I bought it from the owner, cleaned it up, primed it to keep it from rusting any more, and it has been sitting since.... For full description and detailed pictures or to bid please use the following link.. Link may have to be copied and pasted into address bar but is a good link.. Thanks for looking!

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frwl
Posted 2024-04-02 2:23 PM (#634506 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: RE: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military


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1958 Chrysler Saratoga Airport Limo

533 = Chrysler Saratoga 4door Sedan
AAA = Originally Formal Black Paint
888 = Special Trim
4-row Seating
Poly V8 354CID 4BBL 310HP Engine
Torqueflite 3speed Push Button Automatic Transmission
Dual Exhaust

302 = Power Brakes
* = Radio Delete
345 = Heater
467 = Solex Tinted Glass
501 = Undercoating

Sold for $9 000 on September 14, 2012




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Zorc
Posted 2024-04-04 12:52 PM (#634547 - in reply to #634495)
Subject: Re: Special Built Vehicles: Panel Wagon, Ambulance, Hearse, Limo, Military



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Cool - the Coronet Ambulance is much more hotter than the Ecto-1 from the Ghostbusters.
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