Spectators and the cars they came to see begin to gather at Veteran's Park near downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Professional Car Society's International Meet.
PCS International Meet 2013
Cars of the Professional Car Society
Milwaukee, WI-- Founded in 1976, the Professional Car Society fosters the PCS-International-Meet-Graphicpreservation, restoration and appreciation of vintage ambulances, funeral hearses, flower cars, "first call" coaches and livery vehicles. This is the first year in the club's 37-year history that the yearly International Meet was held in Milwaukee, though Meet Chairman, Patrick Martin voiced his approval of the location, noting that "over 150 brands of automobiles dating back industry's early days called Wisconsin home, with over 65 of those being based in Milwaukee.
The Professional Car Society scheduled events as early as Tuesday, August 20th. A driving tour of the Milwaukee Fire Department Historical Collection kicked off the festivities, with a bus tour of local breweries rounding out the "Beer, Brats & Bier" theme. Saturday the 24th was the official show day, and Cars On Line's Doug Bennett was there to take some photographs of some of the show's best cars.
You may have seen this 1927 Henney Hearse before, as it's been used in several movies, including Get Low starring Robbert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. Made in Freeport, Illinois, it now has only 16,241 original miles.
Commissioned in May of 1947 by the Milwaukee Fire Bell Club, this 1947 Cadillac Ambulance remained in service until 1979 as part of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Originally purchased by the city of Milwaukee and used to transport visiting Dignitaries, this 1947 Cadillac Limousine would be decommissioned after 17 years of service with less than 25,000 miles on it.
A Chieftain Straight 8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission keep this 1952 Pontiac National Ambulance running. National stopped building these in 1968, and there are very few known to exist today.
A 1959 Cadillac Victoria Hearse made an appearance. The Milwaukee Masterpiece awarded it Best in Show.
Popular among the social elite, rich and the famous, this 1961 Mercedes Benz 300D Adenauer was first ordered from Germany and shipped with a M189 2996cc 6-cylinder engine with Bosch fuel-injection. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and actor Yul Brynner both were known to drive one.
Though the middle two doors on this 1962 Chevrolet Stageway were originally false, the owner decided to make them real during the restoration. Named "Doorthy", it now has eight fully-functioning doors.
A 472 ci engine powers the 1972 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine, which featured a glass partition for privacy.