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Boot Hill Express
Wild Hearse Custom Show Car with Skeleton, Six-Gun, and 10-Gallon Hat

  • Original year: 1967
  • Company: Monogram
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: Ray Farhner

With an old West concept in mind, an old hearse provides a most unusual basis for a show car. Originally a horse-drawn hearse of the mid-1800s era, the "Express" was built by Cunningham of New York. The coach body with its beautiful ancient carriage styling and black velvet curtains has been beautifully reproduced in this fine model.

The interior is completely detailed including even the wood grain floor and coffin rollers. Mounted inside is a complete 500 horse Hilborn injected Hemi engine with many plated parts. Long plated intake stacks protrude through the roof adorned with six carved ornaments, and body-length plated exhaust headers run below the body.

The one-piece frame mounts a plated '48 Ford read end and a plated CAE straight tube axle up front. Wheels are American mags, steering arrangement is a slightly altered '63 VW topped by a model 'T' steering wheel. Moon hydraulic throttle, push-button transmission and Stewart Warner instruments finish off the power pack. The seat and backboard are diamond tuffed. This type of upholstery was quite often used on old carriages such as the hearse. The unusual brass headlamps and tail lamps on the actual car are relics from India.

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Dave's comments:

This is how I want to get carried out. Click here to see the incredible story of how this showrod actually carried a famous outlaw to his grave! Built this one as a kid. This is the 1994 reissue and still sealed.



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