- This man prefers to sleep in the hearse
- 5700 euros for a Volvo 960? I buy!
- As an everyday car, the car is a bit too big
This man prefers to sleep in the hearse
Unusual everyday car: Jorn Cornelius drives a converted Volvo 960 hearse
Source: Haiko Prengel
Jorn Cornelius lives in a deconsecrated church and drives a Volvo hearse. For the Berliner, there are mainly practical reasons for this: he and his wife spend the night where the dead used to be.
D.the last car is always a station wagon, they say. In this regard, Jorn Cornelius is well prepared. The Berliner ensures that such a station wagon is always on his doorstep – namely a six-meter-long 960 Volvo-Hearse.
Cornelius has been driving this silver monster as a private car for over a year. And he has already grown so fond of him that he wants to start his last journey in him – then of course not at the wheel, but in the back of the loading area: “If I ever bless the time, I would like my children to get me started drive through the cemetery, ”says the father of four and grins.
Cornelius, a trained carpenter and trained occupational therapist, lives on Rigaer Strabe. The street in the Friedrichshain district is one of the few remaining left-wing strongholds in the capital and has become prominent nationwide due to various riots and conflicts with state power. Attacks against law enforcement officers, burning cars, there are always police operations on Rigaer Strabe. Jorn Cornelius has been lucky so far. "So far, my car has been spared."
Maybe it’s because Cornelius lives with his family in a church and, if possible, parks his huge car in front of it. In the Evangelical Galilee Church, built around 1910, there are no longer any services. “The church has been desecrated,” says the long-bearded Volvo driver.
Man, that’s long! With a 6.11 meter station wagon, finding a parking space in Berlin can be a challenge
Source: Haiko Prengel
The parish apartment in which he lives still exists. And there is also a Protestant day-care center in the house, where Cornelius ’wife works as an educator. The former church also houses a permanent exhibition on youth resistance in the GDR.
The devout Christian Jorn Cornelius also practically desecrated his car by removing the sliding mechanism for the coffin and removing all other undertaker elements such as the devout curtains. “When I was mucking out, I found two body bags,” the 49-year-old recalls.
They came out of course. In contrast, a large mattress and all kinds of camping utensils came in. This is how the Volvo undertaker turned into a spacious recreational vehicle for extremely sad occasions. "We have already been to the Baltic Sea with that, and we would like to go to the Munsterland soon," says Jorn Cornelius.
His Volvo was built in 1996, as one of the last representatives of the 900 series, which are considered to be the last real Volvos due to their rear-wheel drive and solid workmanship. A special vehicle body from Nilsson was placed on the chassis in order to be able to give the deceased a dignified final escort. Volvo hearses were and are popular, especially in Scandinavia.
5700 euros for a Volvo 960? I buy!
But also in Berlin you can see some old Volvo undertakers of the 700 and 900 series on the streets. The 960 from Jorn Cornelius is exotic because it is a five-seater. “I am the only one in Berlin with that,” says its owner proudly.
The fact that the Berliner bought a hearse as a private car was primarily due to practical reasons. As a father of four you need a big car. Before the Volvo, the family drove an old Ford Mondeo tournament, but at some point it was used up and the cost of a new MOT-Seals would have been too high.
Jorn Cornelius has not built the hearse in such a way that two people can sleep comfortably in it
Source: Haiko Prengel
So Jorn Cornelius looked for an alternative and came across the Volvo hearse at a used car dealer. He took it with him for 5700 euros, including some necessary repairs and a new TuV.
Today Cornelius no longer wants to do without the car. A three-liter in-line six-cylinder hums under the hood, as they are no longer built today: without turbo and other tuning bells and whistles.
The unit has 204 hp. That is enough to move a giant station wagon that is exactly 6.11 meters long. "On the highway I once had it at 190 km / h. But I haven’t extended it yet, ”reports Cornelius. Leisurely cruising probably goes better with this two-ton vehicle.
As an everyday car, the car is a bit too big
And the greatest strength of this Volvo is its space comfort. “Only yesterday I used it to move my daughter,” says Jorn Cornelius. Like two of her brothers, the daughter is of legal age and has now moved out of the house. Only a 14-year-old Filius still lives at home with his parents in the old parish apartment.
“We are already preparing for the childless period,” says the father. He and his wife dream of a trip to Norway: "six weeks in peace". In her huge hearse, of course.
For everyday life in Berlin, however, something more manageable than a second car will soon be available, reports Jorn Cornelius, even if he never has any problems finding a parking space himself. "My wife is looking for a small car."
With 204 hp, the converted hearse is very well motorized
Source: Haiko Prengel
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