And it's looking for a new owner.
We've seen some strange limousine conversions over the years, as ambitious builders have attempted to convert everything from a Jeep Wrangler to a Chevrolet Corvette into a stretched limo with varying degrees of success. This, however, has to be the weirdest and most lavish custom limousine ever made. It was last year when we were introduced to the world's first limousine based on an actual Learjet fuselage.
It crossed the auction block but failed to sell. If you missed out, there will soon be another opportunity to buy this one-of-a-kind "Learmousine" at the upcoming Mecum Indy 2021 auction that runs on May 14-22.
Measuring 42-feet long and 8-feet wide, this bizarre creation is the work of Dan Harris from Oregon and took 40,000 man-hours to complete. Despite its mammoth size, the limo-jet is street legal. It's obviously going to look conspicuous no matter where you drive it. To help it navigate narrow roads, the tips of the tail plane on the vertical fin can be folded inward.
The Learjet fuselage was mounted to a custom steel frame - a process that took two years to research to complete. The unique design of the rear engine bay, drivetrain, suspension, and computer systems are also still pending patents.
Since the jet engines are no longer functional, they have been replaced with giant speakers that play jet engine sound effects. Powering the limo-jet is a 400-hp, 8.1-liter V8 Chevy Vortec engine. It rides on custom 28-inch red and black wheels wrapped in Kumho 325/25R28 tires, while hydro-boosted brakes provide the stopping power. Inside, the opulent interior includes a bucket seat with a harness for the driver and red carbon-fiber-look trim.
There's room for up to 18 guests to lounge in luxurious diamond-stitched leather seats. To entertain them, the jet-limo is also equipped with a 17,000-watt sound system and 42-inch plasma TV. The auction even includes a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pickup to help you haul it. There's no estimate, which is a good thing. We can't tell if it will command seven figures or none.