A former gravedigger has built a 100mph single-seater car using a 7ft-long steel coffin for the body.
Phil Bissett, 62, bought the unusual handmade coffin for £98 on internet auction site eBay and has dubbed his new creation ‘Holy Smoke’.
The tattoo artist from Harold Hill, near Romford in Essex, normally customises hearses in his spare time.

Digging in: Phil Bissett has dubbed his crazy new creation ‘Holy Smoke’

Mr Bissett said the head-turning car has almost sent a couple of people to an early grave.
‘The first time I took it out one bloke nearly fell off the kerb and into the gutter when he saw it,’ he said. ‘Another was madly trying to take pictures from his Hummer and almost crashed into the back another car.
‘It looks like something the Adams family would drive. People react funnily to this, my wife won’t go near it.’
The coffin originally cost £1,500 and had been imported from Mexico when Mr Bissettr spotted it online.
He said: ‘I’ve learned never to go on the internet when you’ve had a drink. My friend said I’ve never be able to turn it into a car but I knew I could.
‘I collected it from the undertakers in Portsmouth, it was wheeled out on a trolley. It took four people to lift it.
‘It was padded inside and I’ve left the handles on it so people can see it’s a coffin. It’s even got what they call a time capsule inside to identify the body.’

Digging in:  Phil Bissett bught the coffin on ebay at a fraction of its original  worth

Digging in: Phil Bissett bught the coffin on ebay at a fraction of its original worth

Mr Bissett transformed the 75kg steel coffin into a fully taxed and roadworthy car by using the engine of his daughter’s 1972 VW and parts from a dumper truck, a beach buggy and an old Ford car and even wheel spinners made out of grave vases.
The number-plate of the bone shaker is DIGG in honour of Mr Bissett’s former occupation.
The casket has been spray painted with the words Holy Smoke drifting across a graveyard scene and the words Rust in Peace across the lid.
Along the sides Mr Bissett had painted ‘I put the fun in funerals’ and ‘I see dead people’ and on the petrol tank it says ‘Embalming fluid only’.
Mr Bissett said: ‘It’s got a 1300cc engine so it can go up to 100mph.
‘It’s fully road legal. It’s got an MOT, it’s tax exempt because the engine is from 1972 and for fully comp insurance it was only £86.
‘I love it. I wouldn’t mind being taken to the church in it when my time comes.’

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