There is usually a darkness that hangs over old used hearses and anyone who would want to privately own one. The mind automatically conjures up some form of morbid and ghoulish Addams Family type of display along with a tall slender person dressed all in black asking in a resounding deep baritone voice, “You rang?”
The last thing to ever come to mind for most people is a professionally built custom hearse with a crisp clean inviting pink and white leather interior, premium sound systems with video monitors and an aura that overflows with a soft feminine warmth that is both inviting and fun, yet at the same time not exclusively just for girls. Yes, men who are comfortable with their sexuality also feel right at home in this very inviting ride that is far from depressing.
The hearse was the apparition “Dream” vision of Kat Taylor who saw a special type of fun hearse. Pushing the envelope on “normal” came up this the unique idea of a girly hearse that would become iconic and associated with good times and lots of wild fun. With her twisted sense of humor and bubbly personality (except in the early morning hours), the Barbie Dream Hearse was conceived.
With a play on the iconic line of Barbie merchandise that were part of her own childhood, Kat decided that the “Barbie Dream Hearse” was just the ticket. I mean what else could exude such fun play time than a Barbie Dream Hearse, and anything Barbie touches is automatically chic and fun right?
Kat set out by purchasing a 1992 Cadillac Superior Hearse from Doug Scott in Glendale, California. Before driving the hearse north to Seattle, the car began its transformation into what would become the ironical “Barbie Dream Hearse”
This was a costly and professional custom undertaking (I just had to use that pun) that took several different professional custom companies who worked their “pink and white” magic on “Barbie”. Frank’s Auto Upholstery in Glendale worked on transforming the interior from drab to glam. The entertainment and alarm systems were installed by Megaplex while Dr. Vinyl covered the dashboard, steering wheel, and other bits and pieces. James from LA Custom Coach handled the installation of the temperature control systems for the rear cabin. The divider, window-tinting, and the other random tweaks were outsourced as well. When finally finished, all these combined to completed the “Barbie Dream Hearse”.
Barbie was now ready to have her fun, and I mean who wouldn’t think this was a fun and creatively innocent idea to let your hair down and let the good times roll?
The Dream Hearse is anything but creepy, even knowing it was once used to transport the recently departed on short rides to the local cemetery this new creation is so upbeat and fun you all but forget about the car’s history or original purpose. It’s so much fun in fact that Kat gets regular requests to rent her vehicle for special fun events and as a limo that can seat up to seven people in the back, (depending on the age and size of the people) this guarantees the making of some very good times, and it’s also assured to turn heads wherever the Barbie Dream Hearse embarks.
The Barbie Dream Hearse has its own website, www.dreamhearse.com and contact information for rentals is also available on the site. There are loads of wonderful images of many events, clients, and car shows which Kat has had the fortune of being a part of. The many images can been seen here.
We wish Kat continued success in her wildly fun endeavors and salute her unique creativity which helps us all enjoy a different perspective of death while we enjoy living.