Welcome to Morris Minor Funerals -  'Trudy the Traveller' hearse

Midlands based, nationwide service  0121 476 9111

Trudy Morris 1000 Traveller Hearse

The Morris Minor Hearse Company was established in 2011, and Trudy has been providing her service to the bereaved with her former owners Andrew and Judith Bywater.

In June 2018 'Trudy' and the business were acquired by alternative hearse hire specialists Volkswagen Funerals to allow Trudy to continue doing what she does best catering for the needs of fellow Morris Minor owners and classic car enthusiasts in general.

New for 2022 'Trevor' our silver Austin 6cwt van hearse will join Trudy for those who love the old British Moggy Van. 

Trudy the Traveller provides some comfort to think that our final journey will be made in a classic car and a Morris Minor in particular.

Relatives will have the reassurance that their loved one will be in the company of fellow enthusiasts, in the only purpose-built Morris Minor hearse in the country, totally rebuilt and converted with loving care by Andrew over 2 years to a very high standard.

Our drivers are dressed appropriately, mature, helpful and courteous, and driving an immaculately presented car. 

The Morris hearse is available throughout the country and you can be assured of high standards, compassion and care. Clare and Michelle of Volkswagen funerals have been providing a successful Volkswagen service for the last 15 years and are well known and renowned within the funeral profession. 

Volkswagen Funerals are Associate members of SAIF, and members of The Association of Green Funeral Directors.

TRUDY IS NOW AVAILABLE AS PART OF VOLKSWAGEN FUNERALS FLEET TO ALLOW JUDITH AND ANDREW TO RETIRE. We thank them for their service to the bereaved and wish them a happy retirement.

Trevor the 'Moggy' van hearse

Trevor - 1968 Austin 6CWT van hearse conversion new for 2022

Morris Minor - as British as bread and Jam, an icon and a much loved family car

Trevor and Trudy Morris Hearse hire. Trevor who is now silver will be available early 2022

Green and Eco Funerals - Our Morris Minor hearse, is an appropriate choice for anyone considering an ecologically sympathetic and ethical funeral. This car has effectively been "re-cycled", having been completely rebuilt, creating a smaller carbon footprint than a new-build traditional hearse. Part of the structure is made from Ash, a natural material, which would be in sympathy with, for example, a woodland funeral. One of the major restorers, and suppliers of Morris Minor parts, Charles Ware's Morris Minor Centre at Bath, was presented the the National Green Apple award in 2003, which recognised their contribution to sustainable car preservation, and provision of employment opportunities in the third world, via their factory in Sri-Lanka. 

"Trudy" the Traveller  

DEA 384C 

Trudy was built and registered in 1965. She was supplied by Colmore Depot, based at West Bromwich in the West Midlands. She led a normal life, becoming gradually run-down through daily use, until Andrew Bywater (pictured) bought her as a complete wreck in April 2009. It took two and a half years of painstaking work to restore her to show condition.

Read her restoration article from Practical classics magazine here

New for 2022 Austin 6cwt van hearse. 'TREVOR!'

All of our cars are top draw examples - Trudy is no exception, you wouldn't be disapointed! 

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  • Frequently asked questions:
  • How far do you travel?
  • We have  nationwide  coverage, service may be limited in poor winter weather so please check with us.
  • Is a Morris Minor Traveller big enough? 
  • As you will appreciate, a Morris Minor Traveller is not a large vehicle, so there are inevitably some limitations due to the internal space available. Please ask us for advice.
  • Coffins/Caskets,  Currently the maximum (external) size of a traditional-shaped coffin that we can accommodate is 82 inches long, *24 inches across the shoulder, and 18 inches deep. We are currently unable to accommodate caskets. *a slightly wider shoulder may be accomodated of the rear seat is not in use. It is not possible to cater for wide foot ended caskets.
  • Floral tributes, We are happy to carry floral tributes on the coffin, but we would recommend that due to head room in the Traveller a shorter spray is considered. We can also carry one or two medium displays behind the rear seat of the car or more if the seat is not in use. For additional flowers, you may need to discuss with your Funeral Director, the use of a seperate "flower car." Only 3 letter frames ie: DAD - MUM can be carried in this hearse but they do limit room for other floral tributes and the rear seat can not be used. Ask us for further advice.
  • There is a seat behind the driver for either the funeral director or one family member. 

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