Wilcox Limousines showcase five new vehicles at the National Funeral Exhibition (NFE), including the Nissan hearse, Bentley hearse and limousine, and Mercedes hearse and limousine. This marks the first time these vehicles have been displayed to the public, showcasing the latest advancements in the funeral industry.
Wilcox Limousines, launch the Nissan all-electric hearse, providing eco-friendly options for funeral directors.
Wilcox Limousines attend the International Paris Funeraire Exhibition. Where they exhibited the newly launched International offering; A Wilcox built Hearse based on the Jaguar XF model. Blending the tradition of a Wilcox Hearse with the modern European style.
Eagle S.V. relocate to a new 55,000sq.ft. production facility in Wigan, Lancashire.
Eagle Special Vehicles establish a factory in Northampton in order to construct aluminium bodied vehicles.
Jaguar tender an exclusive contract to convert Jaguar XJ saloons into Hearses and Limousines which Wilcox and Eagle win. To this day, they are the only Jaguar Cars supported Coachbuilder worldwide.
Eagle Specialist Vehicles was formed building Vauxhall Hearses and Limousines.
Bill retires due to ill health. There son’s Peter and Paul take over management of the business.
The business moved to premises at Chalfont St Peter, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire with a large showroom.
The Daimler DS420 Limousine and Hearse franchise was obtained.
The business was incorporated with companies’ house as a private limited company.
Wilcox Limousines was founded as Bill and May recognised the potential growth and longevity of the business. In those days it was possible to purchase a new chassis and take it to an established coach builder to have a Hearse body built onto it. Soon the franchise for Austin (Vanden Plas Princesses) was obtained and Bill started building his own hearses.
Upon being disbanded from the war, William Wilcox (affectionately known as Bill) obtained the contract from Ealing Studio’s to supply vehicle services and began chauffeuring the actors and film crew. Bill soon realised that rather than hiring the Limousines to do this he could buy and sell the Limousines himself. Soon, Funeral Directors who were purchasing the Limousines started asking for Hearses too.
May & William Wilcox meet aged just 17 & 15 years old. Both are hard working and determined to make a better life for themselves. William is already working in Sales as a Hot and Cold Man (Home & Colonial Stores Sales Man). They dream of running their own business and marry five years later in 1939 with William then joining the war.