A survey, conducted by the UK’s leading funeral vehicle coachbuilder, has revealed the top ten most unusual funeral vehicle requests, with a Del Boy style three wheeler, a Scooby Doo coloured van and an airport fire engine all making the list of irregular transport requirements.
The study questioned 214 funeral directors about trends and unusual occurrences that had been uncovered during the course of their work within the funeral industry. As part of this they were asked to specify any unusual funeral vehicle choices that they had encountered during their time in the business.
Here are the top ten:
1. An airport fire engine
2. A Scooby Doo coloured van
3. A Del Boy style three wheeled hearse
4. The back of an artic crane lorry (escorted by a 75 tonne crane)
5. The bucket of a JCB
6. A milk float
7. A Ford Capri (the closest resemblance to a 1970’s Dodge Charger) painted in the Dukes of Hazzard Colours
8. A tank
9. A flatbed lorry
10. A steamroller
Other answers revealed by the survey by Wilcox Limousines that weren’t counted amongst the top ten included tractors, specific vehicle types, motorcycle hearses, and even a wheelbarrow.
Paul Wilcox from Wilcox Limousines said: “As experienced funeral vehicle coachbuilders we like to think that we know a thing or two about the transport needs of these occasions. But the unconventional nature of some of the requirements on our list certainly raised a few eyebrows in our office.”
He concluded: “Even though there are a few eye-openers here, funeral directors are fantastic at taking it all in their stride. There really are few professions where people will go to such lengths to accommodate customer requests. Respecting somebody’s last wishes means that funeral directors often go far and above the usual call of duty. Our research reveals just some of the idiosyncrasies that they’re able to work with – we’re sure that there are far more out there.”
The survey was compiled by Wilcox Limousines.