In my short 34 years I have learned that there are a few inevitable things in life that cannot be avoided – taxes, death, and if you own a British car it is guaranteed to leak oil. Out of these three eventualities, I’m happy to live with two of them, knowing that nothing can be done to change the outcome. However, when a British car is not leaking oil something is very wrong with the world and one can’t help but wonder why.

When the Bell family of Bell Lamb & Trotter Funeral Directors decided that they wanted a classic hearse, foremost on their minds were American styling, reliability and presence.

It would be fair to say that the director of Bell Lamb & Trotter, Andrew Bell, has a passion for hearses. The 32-year-old looks very comfortable behind the wheel of the company’s 1937 Packard 120 Hearse. As well, Andrew is no stranger to classic vehicles with his first classic being a stunning 1980 Alfa Romeo Spider. “I just loved the Alfa – the lines, the colour and the way it drove. I attempted to use the Alfa as my daily driver, but I soon learned this was not practical, and after constant electrical issues and countless trips home on a tow truck the decision was made to sell the car. I owned the car for about two years and in that time my AA membership got a serious hiding!”

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