What used to be the longest car in the world rusted away in a warehouse for years. It has now been extensively restored and breaks its own Guinness World Record.
In 1986, the super sedan with the ostentatious name American Dream was built by mechanic Jay Ohrberg and was 18.3 meters long at the time. Ohrberg later extended the car to 30.5 meters and thus entered the Guinness Book of Records.
Officially the longest car in the world, it enjoyed a time of fame and even had a few movie appearances before ending up in a New Jersey warehouse and in disrepair.
When Michael Manning of the New Jersey Autoseum found it, it was “a bunch of junk,” like him. International United Press said. “It was covered in graffiti, the windows were broken, the tires were flat, but I still fell in love with it immediately,” she explained. He decided to restore the car.
Old record broken by 1.5 inches
Along with Michael Dezer of the Dezerland Park Car Museum in Florida, who bought the car from him on Ebay, Manning went to work with a team from both museums. It took 2.5 years and $250,000 for the sedan to shine again, he told the Guinness Book of Records.
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This was mentioned again because the American Dream broke its old record “by a hair’s breadth”: the car is 1.5 inches longer than it was then, taking it to 30.53 meters.
The car has room for 75 people “and all the parties you could want.” As in the 1980s, it also contains a swimming pool, a small golf driving range and a helipad. Whether this worked back then is not proven, that today a small helicopter can actually land on the car, Manning demonstrated in the presence of Guinness Book officials.
Where are you going? seemingly nowhere
Manning doesn’t want to be satisfied with the new record and wants to extend the car further. Where is he supposed to go before that? Seemingly nowhere: While the straights are still manageable, the car wouldn’t be able to negotiate a curve due to its sheer length.
So the American Dream should remain more of a show than a mobile party limousine and of course a record holder.
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