Queen Elizabeth II: The Mercedes E Class Hearse That Carried The Coffin

The Mercedes E-Class hearse features an extended wheelbase and rear deck making for an overall length of 5,999 mm.

Binz, a coachbuilder, built a five-door Mercedes-Benz E-Class hearse to transport the late Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin from Balmoral to Edinburgh. According to Drive Team, the hearse used in the Queen’s cortege is a Mercedes-Benz E-Class-based Binz H4. The coffin was draped in the Scottish version of the Royal Standard and was placed in an oak casket at the back of the Mercedes hearse.

The coffin was placed privately inside the Mercedes-Benz hearse, away from the lenses of photographers and television cameras. The Princess Royal and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were followed by a burgundy-colored Bentley.

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The model features an extended wheelbase and rear deck making for an overall length of 5,999 mm or 1,104 mm longer than the ‘S212’ E-Class station wagon.

Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the car is able to maintain room for both front and back seat passengers as well as a 2,800 mm casket deck. The windows on the rear bodywork are 750mm tall, with the vehicle’s overall height now 1920mm, or 446mm higher than the factory wagon.

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Binz modifies base vehicles supplied directly from the Mercedes-Benz factory in a specific pre-production form. The Binz factory is also known as ‘Building 42’ in the Sindelfingen manufacturing complex in Germany, which also produces the Mercedes E-Class.

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Binz then completes the construction by using metal pressings supplied by the same supplier as the Mercedes-Benz factory. According to the publication, Binz began working with Mercedes-Benz in the 1950s, first creating four-door estate versions of the ‘W191’ 170S and ambulance conversions of the ‘W136’ delivery van.

Gradually, the relationship between Binz and Mercedes-Benz stepped up and today, Binz is the foremost coachbuilder of Mercedes-Benz-based limousines, ambulances and funeral vehicles.

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