The longest car in the world - see how long and cool it was in its glory days
The geniuses in automotive engineering have given us cars with awesome features like flight, driving itself and massaging a passenger. We're glad at Naijauto.com to keep you informed always about the latest tech in autos. Now, how about a car long and large enough to fit in your immediate and extended family members, and even some friends?
Ever imagined riding in that kind of vehicle? Today, we're going to tell you a few interesting facts about the longest car in the world, as well as show you what it looks like
1. The longest car in the world - Cool facts you might not know
- The longest car in the world is called the "American Dream". In the mid-'90s, Guinness World Records confirmed it as the longest car in the world.
- It was designed by California custom car guru Jay Ohrberg, in Burbank, California, U.S.A. back in 1986, majorly for displays or for movies
- It is a 26-wheeled limousine, measuring 30.5 m or 100 ft long. It has a hinge in the middle which enables the limo to be drivable around corners. You can drive the longest car in the world as a regular rigid vehicle or set it to bend in the middle.
- The American Dream can be driven from both sides. It has two separate driver’s cabins - one in front and the other at the rear, both have the regular functions of a car.
- It has a helicopter landing pad, a king-sized water bed, a swimming pool with a diving board, Jacuzzi, mini kitchen and a bunch of luxury comfort for its passengers. In fact, you can enjoy 5-star facilities while moving with this car!
- A golden 1970s Cadillac Eldorado was the first piece Ohrberg used to design the car.
The “American Dream” car is 30.5m in length and has 26 wheels
Interior and exterior of the longest car in the world
2. Where is the longest car in the world now?
Just like the longest car in the world, most of Jay Ohrberg's cars are usually offered for hire and are maintained so the next client gets them in one piece. It looks like the American Dream wasn't quite so lucky.
The famous limo was said to be abandoned in a storehouse
Sadly, we don't think the ‘longest car in the world’ title receives an annual maintenance fee, hence the eventual demise of this trophy. How did this happen though? Just as what it was designed for, the American Dream was leased to a company that needed it as a promotional vehicle. When the lease ended, the caretakers dumped it in a warehouse in New Jersey. Luckily, in 2012, the long car showed up at a salvage auction. As you can see in the picture above, it needed repairs as the body was damaged, windows were broken, tires were worn out, with several tears in the roof, and a very unpleasant jacuzzi. At that point, the car didn't look like it deserved the ‘longest car in the world’ title.
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3. Hope for the American dream?
In 2014, the story turned around for the American Dream. New York’s Museum Automotive Teaching Museum acquired the American Dream Limousine and is using it to help teach students to fix, design and fabricate cars. We can hope that the longest car in the world will be up for hire soon. Considering this news was announced six years ago and the American Dream isn't fully ready yet, we can say that the restoration project hasn't been totally successful so far.
It's a large vehicle anyways, so getting it fixed might take a really long time.
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