Fellow Flickrite corbettclassics told me the Boot Hill Express (designed by Ray Farhner) was down in the basement at the Petersen Museum AND HE WAS RIGHT!!! This is my favorite model car from Monogram and now a childhood dream came true I got to touch it and take pictures of the actual horse-drawn hearse(now hot rod) of the mid-1800s era. I asked this guy that worked there if it was really in their basement, He said , " Sure is, you wanna see it?……. WOW so here are the pictures of whats in the basement. If you join as a Petersen museum member you get access to the basement on special occasions.
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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