Funeral director commissions Rolls-Royce Phantom hearse

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Rolls-Royce Phantom hearse
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Hearse manufacturers have one big decision to make: do you go for a large estate car and try to prestige-ify it, or do you opt for a luxury car and weld an unsightly estate growth on the back to swallow two-metre-odd coffins?

If it were us, we'd go for a black Skoda Superb Estate and be done with it, but those who wouldn't be seen dead in the back of Skoda may want something a little more upmarket. If you're one of those people, however, fear not, because the latest coffin-mobile to appear on the black carpet bears a Rolls-Royce badge.

Funeral service, A.W.Lymn has just taken delivery of a stretched, silver Rolls-Royce Phantom, which has had a coffin-swallowing rear end welded on by Italian car converters Biemme Special Cars, writes World Car Fans.

This elephantine body-bearer however, is anything but pretty, with the rear of the car looking like half a shipping container has fallen on top of the standard Phantom saloon. Tellingly, all of the press pictures are taken at quite some distance, presumably to spare viewers the visual pain.

This controversially-styled machine has also no doubt caused A.W.Lymn's accountants some pain too, weighing in at a reputed cost of more than £500,000. This Phantom hearse will see service in Nottingham and becomes the 11th Phantom to join the company's fleet – alongside 10 normal saloons, reports Car.

Rather than funereal black paintwork this Rolls-Royce sports two-tone silver paint, along with fine black lines on its flanks, while the luggage compartment – for want of a better phrase – features crystal glass and stainless steel.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Hearse

Rolls-Royce Phantom Hearse