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Meteor Motor Car Co.
Meteor Motor Car Company, 1996-present; Piqua, Ohio
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Caserta Professional Vehicles

Totally unrelated to the original Meteor firm, the Meteor Motor Car Co. (aka Caserta Professional Vehicles/Car Sales of Piqua, Ohio) was started by Thomas Caserta in 1996. Caserta, a former 18-year Miller-Meteor employee, produced a handful of new Meteor Carmelita coaches on Mercury Grand Marquis sedans at his West Ash St. dealership in Piqua, Ohio.  The Carmelita is made by stretching the rear quarter-panel of a standard-wheelbase Marquis by 13" which allows just enough space for a full-sized casket to fit behind the driver's compartment bulkhead.

Tom Caserta started out at Miller-Meteor in 1962, and after Cotner-Bevington was acquired by Divco-Wayne, he was sent there to streamline production methods. His efforts had a big influence on the popularity of C-B coaches in the late '60's, as it was he who made the decision to make the list of standard features in Cotner-Bevingtons so complete as to include air-conditioning, radio, full wheel-covers and whitewall tires, etc. Export sales were a common thing for his products.

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