Over The Top Limousines
September 24, 2008
In our day and age of automotive downsizing (Smart car is all you really need) these atrocious exercises in overblown style and scale remain popular, mostly because you don’t have to own one of these yourself.
The modest, normal-looking stretches of the 60s and 70s look positively primitive today and completely lost their jaw-dropping factor, so the limo companies go for the utmost SUV jugular and start outfitting tractor trailers, tanks, and the whole trains (Dr. Evils of the world seem to like blinged-out trains with nuclear missiles on board)
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It is said that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” – and if you are in the excitable, inebriated or “devil may care” mood, then beholding these super-limos should not be a problem for you. All you need is a sunroof with shrieking ladies holding champagne – and away you go into a nightclub-filled city mist.
(image credit: AlexeyChe)
I doubt James Bond would be caught riding in some of these blinged out monstrosities (or maybe only to please his female companion). Additionally, no comment is necessary about their esthetic design value. It’s not the point, really… you want marriage of form and function, then go ride in a Smart car.
British Midland Limos Ltd keeps a no-holds-barred fleet of monstrous Hummers:
Triple Axle Hummer Limo
Pink Hummer Limo – Bli-i-i-i-ing!
Three TVs, laser lights, strobes, 1800 watt sound system, Disco Floor, star lights, optic lights, pink leather interior, 22″ Chrome alloy wheels. Very popular with ladies on their night around town.
Courtesy Midland Limos here are a few gratuitous shots of their Hummer limo interiors (click to enlarge) –
Here is how folks at Midland Limos describe their fleet: “Only some prestigious limousine companies have Hummer H2 model limousine as it is larger than life and unique in the UK. It is one of the biggest limousines in the world – the new H3 model is also out, colored in pink for all those women who like to be chauffeured in style at their fancy…. But both the H2 and H3 Hummers are dwarfed by the new Triple Axel Hummer Limo which has 8 wheels and is known as The King of All Hummers“
They also add that limousines today come outfitted with additional safety features (such as the fire escapes and fire extinguishers) and there is a regulation in place preventing the overcrowding. Some countries also limit the drinks served inside to only soft drinks (no hard liquor). Sometimes even no beer. What, you’re supposed to drink milk in there?
More limo interiors designed to make you drool:
Messing up with classics
Itching to see what the maestros of stretch industry did with pure forms of Chevrolet Corvette? Then head over to this article. Some examples:
Would you say that this one has a kind of beauty to it?
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Some of the stretches are “stretched” quite wrong:
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Old cars that refuse to die are remade into limos. Good old Russian “Volga”, and the humble “Lada” –
The old Beetle is given a new “stretch” of life (see other Beetle modifications here) –
(image credit: Murat Selam)
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The ugly stretch is ugly:
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Russian limos sometimes have trouble navigating the countryside:
(image credit: Denis Baltin)
And finally, if you want an idea for a badass conversion limo, consider this recent Russian Army vehicle Kamaz-43269:
(you don’t need to stretch it to make it any more wicked)