Iconic Cars: The Addams Family “Hearse”

posted 31 October, 2018 by Julie Briggs
While most people are familiar with the minivan as an iconic family car, the chariot of America’s most ghastly clan was certainly a little unconventional. The internet is sadly bereft of much information about the Addams family’s black car, but any former (or current) goth kid can attest that they grew up wanting their own wheeled catafalque of their own to venture to the mall or drive to school in.
With Halloween in full-swing, it’s interesting to take a look back at these characters who were so ahead of its time in many ways. Originally created by Charles Addams in 1938, these fictional creepy, kooky kinfolk first made their way into pop culture as a series of New Yorker cartoons. Since then, their adventures have been adapted for many types of media including a hit live-action TV show in the 60s and several film and animated spin-offs between the 1970s and 90s.
Many speculate that their popularity was because they represented a satirical version of the “ideal” American family. But despite their unusual love of the macabre, it’s hard to deny that in many ways they actually were a perfect family. Morticia and Gomez loved each other even after many years of marriage, encouraged their children to be themselves, and the family was incredibly loyal.
You don’t see the family car very often, but it did appear in at least one episode of the original TV series. While many people think that Addams Family drove a hearse, it’s actually a 1933 Packard V-12, which is beautiful but does have a ghastly enough appearance to pass as a death wagon at first glance. When you think about it, this is still a pretty nice ride, especially since it was considered a luxury car in its day. It doesn’t hurt that they had their own chauffeur, Lurch to drive them around either!
What do you think of this? Are you disappointed or relieved to know the Addams Family’s “hearse” wasn’t really a hearse at all? Let us know in the comments below, and while you’re at it, enjoy $20 off your first Spiffy with us!
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Written by Julie Briggs

Cat mom and skeeball enthusiast based in New York, NY.