The 1937 LaSalle 'Carved Side' funeral coach was built by the Meteor Motor Car Company of Piqua, Ohio. It is known as a 'Carved Side Coach' because of the large carved panels that evoke the drapery used on older limousine style and horse-drawn hearses.
It was located in Kentucky and acquired by the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte, Michigan, a few years ago. Owner Joseph E. Pray saved this unique example of professional automotive history from becoming a hot rod, and instead commissioned a frame-off restoration by W. Rance Bennett Funeral Coaches of Lowell, Michigan, to return the hearse to its previous grandeur. These 'Carved Side' hearses from the 1930s and 1940s are some of the most sought-after professional cars by collectors.
This classic, with its rich heritage, is used on a regular basis (weather permitting) for the families served at Pray Funeral Home. The effort to make this offering available has been well worth it when families who have used this special and stylish option in their service express their appreciation.