Our news feeds have never looked bleaker, no thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused global lockdowns, massive strains on healthcare resources, and plunged economies into recession. So here’s a welcome distraction to take your mind off the constantly distressing news — this intriguing yet bizarre Limo-Jet that is, well, what would happen if a limousine and jet made a baby.
In the surest sign yet that we as a civilisation have lost our collective marbles, some enterprising young bloke has taken a perfectly good Learjet and turned it into a street legal limousine. Don’t look at us, we have no idea why either.
Slated to hit the block at Mecum Auctions’ Indy 2020 sale (which, at this point, is still on-track for its 23 June start date), the Limo-Jet is a prototypical concept car that may very well herald the dawn of a new kind of ground-based airplane manufacturing.
The project originally began life as a regional Learjet model, before designer Dan Harris decided to take things in a stranger direction. Two years of R&D and 40,000 man-hours of work later, and the Limo-Jet as we know it was born.
Painted a colour that Mecum sheepishly calls ‘candy apple’ red, the Limo-Jet’s original aluminium body is set atop a 42-foot custom steel skeleton. Due to the unprecedented nature of what Harris and Chicago-based Exotic Coach were building, the vehicle incorporates suspension, computer systems and an engine bay which are each the subject of an ongoing patent application.
Speaking of engine bay, powering this whole 4-wheel exercise in monstrous abandon is a Chevrolet Vortec V8 engine, capable of generating up to 400 horsepower.
Interiors are unapologetically flamboyant, with an infinity floor and diamond-stitched leather seating that can accommodate up to 18 passengers. Just in case you forgot that this vehicle used to be an aircraft, the original jet nacelles now house speakers —- presumably so you can blast your favourite EDM tracks at ear-splitting levels and pretend you’re in your own private club.
To learn more about Limo-Jet 42′ or register to bid, visit Mecum Auctions online here.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong