As much as we all love being in the driving seat, few of us take the wheel for our last journey by car. Instead, it’s up to our loved ones to pick a suitable carriage to place us in our final resting place. If you’re lucky enough to live in the UK, and you’re unequivocally rally mad, your family and friends might deem it suitable to send you off in a Subaru WRX, converted into a hearse.
The oddball creation is the work of Final Journey Funeral Cars, an aptly-named business if there ever was one. The company elected to convert a Subaru WRX wagon into a hearse, given the need to fit an adult coffin and out of due respect for the dead. The car has been duly finished in a racing livery aping the famous Subaru rally cars, which wore the blue and yellow “555” graphics for years of competition. The look is matched by the turbo flat-four engine, known anywhere for its rumbly exhaust note courtesy of its uneven-length exhaust headers.
As it’s based on a more compact vehicle, the WRX is not as roomy as conventional hearses. Indeed, the coffin itself protrudes into what would normally be the front passenger area. However, the company notes there is some room to place a floral tribute on top of the coffin or off to one side. The car is available across the UK, and Final Journey is happy to work with a customer’s funeral director of choice. The car is clearly labeled along the sideskirts, too, to avoid any awkward confusion on a somber day.
Final Journey isn’t resting on its laurels, either. Not everyone is a big Subaru fan, after all. The company is looking to expand its fleet in future, adding converted Minis for fans of the brand or The Italian Job, often said to be Michael Caine’s finest ever work. As you might expect, the conversions will be based on a Mini Clubman to ensure there’s enough space in the interior available.
It’s obviously not a full rally-spec build, but that’s kind of missing the point. It’s a service that ultimately caters to the family of car lovers, and that’s something to be appreciated. Often, even the small personal details can bring a smile to a grief-stricken family member or a long-lost friend.
Seeing Terry or Jenny being carried in by their favorite car probably bring on floods of tears, for sure, but it’s a beautiful way to remember someone for the energy and joy they brought to life and the things that mattered to them. A tip of the hat well in order, methinks.