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Old 04-25-2011, 10:05 AM
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Did This Car Exist (Jaguar Hearse in "Harold and Maude")?

In the old 1960's cult movie "Harold and Maude", the main character Harold (played by Bud Cort) is given a new Jaguar XKE sportscar by his mother-Harold converts the car into a hearse.
Did this car actually exist? Or was it just a studio prop.
Actually, an XKE hearse might be a collector's item!
Old 04-25-2011, 10:23 AM
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The driving scenes were filmed on location, not in a studio, so there had to be a working model.
Old 04-25-2011, 10:37 AM
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The IMDB trivia page claims the car was destroyed after filming.
The hearse Harold originally drives is a 1959 Cadillac Superior 3-way model that is one of the most sought after hearses among collectors today but at the time was considered nothing more than an undesirable used car which was purchased for a few hundred dollars. The Jaguar hearse was really destroyed at the end and no replica exists because they only constructed one version for filming.
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The E-Type Jaguar Hearse was shown driving (often at a fairly high rate of speed) on public roads throughout the film, so yes it was a real working car. It was driven over a cliff just as depicted in the film, causing it to be flattened to about 1/3 it's original height.

BTW, Harold and Maude came out in 1971.


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Old 04-25-2011, 06:54 PM
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Harold and Maude was shown as free movie at my college one year (maybe 1978?). I still remember the collective gasp in the auditorium when Harold lit the welding torch.
Old 04-25-2011, 06:59 PM
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Thanks for the Youtube link! Any idea how old Bud Cort was when he made the film? He looked like he was 12!
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Originally Posted by ralph124c View Post
Thanks for the Youtube link! Any idea how old Bud Cort was when he made the film? He looked like he was 12!
IMDb says he was born March 28, 1948.

She was born October 30, 1896

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