With 26 Wheels And Seating For 75, The ’American Dream’ Is Officially The World’s Longest Limo
This Land Yacht made from six Cadillac El Dorado’s measures over 100 feet and houses a helipad, pool, and a mini-golf course!by Khris Bharath, on
The World’s longest car is back. ‘The American Dream ‘has been resurrected and now officially holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Car. It also houses a helipad, a Jacuzzi, and a mini-golf pitch.
Let’s rewind four decades. Back in the mid-1980s, car designer and collector Jay Ohrberg, based out of Burbank California, set out to build the world’s longest car. And sure enough, the man succeeded at a cost of $4 Million.
Based on the Cadillac El Dorado, - The American Dream was first unveiled in 1986 and it enjoyed a thriving career when it appeared at various exhibitions, events, and salons. However, with time, things took a turn for the worst as it was stowed away at a warehouse in New Jersey where rust and neglect got the better of it, and the car was down slowly rotting away.
Re-Birth Of ’The American Dream’
Michael Manning, director of the Autoseum Museum, rescued the car when he bid for it on eBay and won. Michael, along with collector Michael Dezer, took it upon themselves to fully restore this once famous luxury land yacht back to its former glory.
Technically speaking, this stretch Limo is made up of two different parts, joined together by a hinge system that allows it to corner (imagine a three-point turn in this car). The car was transported in two parts from New Jersey to Florida, where the restoration process began by a team from Autoseum and Dezerland.
On the way down south, the team lost the original hood, so they sourced a new hood and several other parts from two donor El Dorados. The bodywork went through an extensive restoration process where the tires were replaced. The Helipad and the pool were also re-done.
On the inside, the driver’s cab was replaced, which now made it drivable again. You’ll also find leather, vinyl, LED lighting, and enough room for 75 lucky people. It can be configured to suit any party or occasion. But, this ain’t no garage queen. You’ve got two engines, that are mounted at either end of the car, both of which were also replaced.
A New World Record
The American Dream now measures 30.54 meters (100 feet 1.50 inches), surpassing the 1986 record of 18.28 meters. To achieve this extra 12 meters, a few more wheels had to be fitted.
Over six El-Dorados were used to put this beast together, and Micheal says that the car weighs somewhere in the ballpark of 25,000 pounds. While there are pictures of a Helicopter on the original car, there is no actual footage of a chopper landing on the car. Well, that changed as a helicopter finally made a landing.
After two and a half years and $250,000, the restoration of the American Dream was finally complete. As you can imagine, it is almost useless in everyday traffic. Maybe it’ll survive on a freeway if it can get on one in the first place.
Manning says that they’re considering electrifying the car, which would mean 26 electric motors, making this Cadillac the world’s biggest EV. The American Dream is now part of the collection at the Dezer Park Car Museum, Florida. So if you’re in the Orlando area, you can definitely go check it out.
Here’s Michael Manning on the American Dream and the new Guinness world record: