Memorial services have been taking place this week in Detroit to commemorate the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died Aug. 16 at age 76. And on Tuesday, a local funeral home transported her body to a public viewing in a show-stopping vintage hearse: a white 1940 LaSalle.
The two-door hearse is a modified version of a car from the luxury brand conceived by former General Motors CEO Alfred P. Sloan and intended to slot in between Cadillac and Buick in the automaker’s highly stratified portfolio. Cadillac built LaSalle vehicles, which were designed by longtime GM design chief Harley Earl, between 1927 and 1940.
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