Departing in Italian Fashion: A Hearse Based on the Maserati Ghibli

Here, when someone's time has come and must be driven to his or her final resting place, we are used to see large American vehicles do the job: whether it’s a Lincoln Town Car or a Cadillac Deville, the sight of an American car painted in black and hauling a coffin has been implanted in our mind.

Elsewhere in the world however, things are different. In Italy for example, big American sedans are pretty much unknown. This is why other brands' vehicles are used, and usually, it's a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. For some people with nationalistic beliefs however, a German car simply won’t do.

Ellena Autotrasformazioni, an Italian coachbuilder, just built a hearse based on a pure-blooded Italian car. Here's their take on a Maserati Ghibli, which has been heavily modified for its new role.

The car is obviously longer than stock: with a total length of 6.62 metres, it can now accommodate the huge rear section—made of fiberglass—that has been grafted onto it. The interior is fitted with luxurious materials like chrome trim and leather. Under the hood, we find a turbo-diesel V6 engine.

The end result might not be to everyone's tastes, but it has the merit of being unique… and Italian.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

Test Drives2014 Maserati Ghibli : A Mini-Quattroporte
The Maserati Ghibli is essentially a shortened Quattroporte, sharing about 50 percent of that car's structure, powertrain and suspension pieces. It is 291 mm shorter than Quattroporte overall, and by 173 mm in wheelbase, with most of that coming out of the rear seat. Disappointing then that it weighs only …
Los AngelesUpdates For Maserati’s Sedans
If we don't talk much about Maserati's sedans, it’s because they don’t vie for attention. They are content with their current lot, which is injecting a healthy dose of Italian passion into a segment dominated by ruthless German efficiency. For 2015, there are some minor changes for both the Quattroporte …