Produced by the Wayne Corporation from 1959 to 1964, the Cadillac Miller Meteor Hearse / Ambulance is a coach built wagon from the existing underpinnings of the seventh Cadillac Sixty Special from 1959 to 1960 and is offered as a 4 door station wagon body style. Once reconverted, these Cadillac would serve as ambulances to transport the sick and hearses to transport the dead.
The Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse debuted for the 2006 mainline under the MBX Metal Series in Black with Silver pinstripes on the sides. The casting has a number of MB700 and was originally in production from 2006 to 2011 before being discontinued. It spawned off a new model, the 1963 Cadillac Ambulance in 2009. The model returned in 2018 after a 7 year hiatus, albeit retooled for easier assembly such as the rear rivet post being moved and an updated copyright year of 2018. The casting has resumed with the number of MB700 and has been in production ever since.
The Hearse is based on an actual Hearse owned by Felix Holst, Mattel's VP of Wheels, who owns the Hearse that the Matchbox model was based on at the time the car was designed.
When the hearse casting was rejected by some retailers, who felt that a car so closely associated with death was unsuitable for children, Matchbox retooled the model as an ambulance.
- Specs are from original vehicle and might not reflect the modified vehicle.
Engine: 6.4 L OHV V8
While this 1963 Cadillac Hearse is based on the full-size conversion vehicles, there is a special feature on this 1:64 version. In the back of the vehicle is a coffin, which has a hand coming out of the slightly opened lid!
The 1963 Cadillac Hearse has come out in the following 1/81 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|MB30||2007||MBX Metal||Black||Silver pinstripes on sides||Chrome / Plastic||Smoke||Grey||J6344||Thailand|
|SF09||2007||Superfast||Gray||Red taillights, black "vinyl" roof, trim details||Chrome / Plastic||Smoke||Black||Whitewall||M3433||Thailand|
|MB30||2007||MBX Metal||Pearl White||Silver pinstripes on sides||Chrome / Plastic||Smoke||Black||K9467||Thailand|
|2007||Scooby Doo 5-Pack||Dark Plum||Scooby Doo tampos||Chrome / Plastic||Clear||Beige|
|MB55||2008||City Action 11/12||Silver||Detailed Trim||Chrome / Plastic||Smoke||Red||M5342||Thailand|
|09/20||2008||Matchbox Superfast||Silver with Black top||Silver pinstripes on sides||Whitewall|
|2009||Matchbox Superfast||Gray with Black top||Silver pinstripes on sides|
|MB700||2011||Lesney Edition||Blue w/White top||Silver trim||Unpainted / Metal||Clear||Gray||Whitewall||M2635||Thailand|
|N/A||2011||Lesney Edition||Blue and white||Silver Trim, Pearly Gates Mortuary||Unpainted / Metal||Smoke||Gray||Whitewall||V0958||Thailand|
|N/A||2018||5 Pack: Coffee Cruisers||Metallic Green||Purple and Yellow Flames on sides.||Grey / Plastic||Purple tint||Black||FMV34||Thailand||Base code(s):