You Have to See This Crazy Cadillac Hearse
Although 2020 America may feel like a borderline post-apocalyptic environment, we haven’t quite hit Mad Max Fury road levels of dystopia. That being said, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this insane custom Cadillac hearse was designed for the end-times.
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Remember Immortan Joe’s car from Fury Road (affectionately known as the Gigahorse)? It was made from two Cadillac Coupe DeVilles which were subjected to more manipulation than any good hardworking vehicle should have to endure.
This 1967 Cadillac Superior Hearse (known as the Mortis) might just be its closest real-world analog.
A beast through and through
Considering how bonkers this vehicle is, I’ve decided to call the Mortis the Gigahearse, so bear that in mind moving forward. To start, it sports six 60-inch tires and a profile that clocks in at over 10 feet tall. Next, it’s powered by a “6V53 Detroit Diesel engine,” according to The Drive’s Jesus Garcia.
The only downsides? Mortis/Gigahearse can only hit a top speed of 12 mph, and requires that both drivers and passengers wear ear protection while onboard to prevent their audio receptors from being unceremoniously mutilated.
Even so, Garcia states, “once Mortis gets going, it’ll mow down anything in its way. From driving over boulders to knocking down trees, Mortis is not just for show, even if it is slow.”
How did this happen?
According to Garcia, the Gigahearse was designed and constructed by a man named Jimmy Driver. After seeing a video on YouTube, Driver purchased the framework for his magnum opus for just $600. Over the next 14 years, he started to accumulate parts. School buses, farm-ready tractors, and other industrial equipment were all game. The result — I can only hope — will go down in legend.
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Aaron was born in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio and has managed to traverse most of the state between college and various shenanigans. Having majored in video game development and minored in film studies, he is a considerable fan of both forms of media. Additionally, he is available to explain why Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the best feminist films of all time at the drop of a hat. His aspirations include — but are not limited to — not accidentally adopting any more cats and developing a responsible sleep schedule. See more articles by Aaron.