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10 MOST OVER-THE-TOP LIMOUSINES IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW


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The 10 Most Over the Top Limousines in the World Right Now
By Nat Berman,
Money Inc, 26 July 2016.

Limousines have always been a luxury vehicle that is specifically made for excess. However, some limos take it completely beyond the normal standard of lavish and include a downright ridiculous amount of features, amenities, and tech. Of course, the most souped-up limos in the world are typically the priciest. With featured like hot tubs, min-pools, and gadgets you wouldn’t even know existed yet, you could probably set up camp and live in some of these vehicles.

Here are ten of the world’s most over the top limousines.

1. The Million Euro Mini - US$1.35 million

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Kazakhstan’s Princess Regina Abdurazakova owns the most expensive Mini Cooper in the world, coined the Million Euro Mini. This one of a kind limousine isn’t mini-sized at all and has a pink body covered in over a million Swarovski crystals. In addition, each wheel of the car has a crystal in its center that measures over 3 inches in diameter. As if that weren’t enough, the window films of the limo contain approximately 50 grams of pure gold. Inside, the Million Euro Mini has 20 parking cameras, 30 parking sensors, 70 TFT screens, and a 47-inch television.

2. The American Dream - US$4 million

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The American Dream is a custom built limousine owned by famed car designer and collector Jay Ohrberg. For decades this ride has held the distinction of being the longest limo on the planet - it comes in at 100 feet and has 26 wheels. Think of this vehicle as a mobile luxury condo. It not only has a sun deck and a Jacuzzi, but a swimming pool, more than one king size bed, and a helicopter landing pad.

3. Armor Horse Vault XXL - US$150,000

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Those who want to party with top level security features should check out the Armor Horse Vault XXL. G-40 grade steel gives this limousine the beef it needs to stop heavy firepower, plus all of its glass is bullet resistant. Inside is a luxe wood paneled interior and six LCD screens, a retractable pole for dancing, high tech sound system, and a big wet bar.

4. Maybach Landaulet - US$1.4 million

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The Maybach Landaulet’s style is based on a limousine model that Maybach made in the 1920s, and it exudes sophistication and elegance. Though this isn’t a stretch limo, it still costs well over US$1 million - that’s partly due to having gold flecked granite inlays and a 612 hp bi-turbo V12 engine. The interior is covered in butter soft white leather and there’s a retractable roof that allows passengers to soak up the sun.

5. Cadillac One - US$3 million

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Cadillac One was built specifically for President Barack Obama in 2009. It’s part of a presidential fleet that includes heavily fortified Cadillac limos, and three of the cars travel in procession at all times whenever the POTUS is being driven around. Since its interior plans are classified, not much is known about the lavish features inside this limousine. What is known is that there’s oxygen masks, tear gas, plenty of guns and ammo, firefighting equipment, and luxuries to keep the President and his crew comfortable inside. Rumor has it that Cadillac One also contains a grenade launcher or two, but that’s never been verified.

6. The Sultan of Brunei’s Rolls Royce Silver Spur Limo - US$14 million

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One of the most expensive limos in the world belongs to the Sultan of Brunei. Many heads of state and royalty have limos, but this one truly beats all for its opulence. The exterior of this car alone is ridiculous - it’s actually covered in pure 24 carat gold and was specially designed just for the royal family. As part of the Sultan’s huge car collection, his Rolls Royce limo stands out for being the definition of decadent. It holds just about everything one could think of to put inside a limousine.

7. The Boeing 727 Limo - US$1 Million

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“Waste not, want not” had to be on the minds of the creative crew behind the Boeing Limo. A Mexican limousine company came across a Boeing 727 and thought to turn it into a stretch limo by removing the jet’s wings and mounting its body onto a Mercedes bus chassis. It weighs an enormous 24,000 pounds, contains a sunken living room, fireplace, heart shaped bed, and a dance floor. That’s not even the beginning. The Boeing Limo accommodates up to 40 people, has a private back room, multiple televisions, and can reach a top speed of 124 mph.

8. The Batmobile Limousine - US$4.2 million

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Few people don’t know what the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman movie series looks like, whether they’re a DC Comics fan or not. The iconic ride has become an important part of the Batman franchise, and a super fan decided to build a limo version of it in 2012. It looks every bit the part on the outside, and inside the Batmobile limousine has a V8 Corvette jet engine. Creating such an amazing recreation of one of the most recognized cars in the world wasn’t cheap, and the project cost over US$4 million.

9. Rolls Royce Phantom Limo - US$3.8 million

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Rolls Royce is known for creating opulent cars, and their limos are no exception. One of the most stunning is the Rolls Royce Phantom limousine, which is based on one of the world’s most expensive cars. A 6.8 liter 432 hp V12 engine, bullet proof armor, and impeccable styling are part of what makes this limo worth over US$3.5 million. The Rolls Royce Phantom limo also has a full sized office tucked inside for the businessperson on the go, and it’s been used to chauffeur some of the world’s most important dignitaries and political leaders.

10. The Midnight Rider - US$2.5 million

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When people think of limos, they typically envision long, sleek, and graceful lines that house a wealth of luxuries. The Midnight Rider is long and it does have tons of lavishness inside, but its exterior looks absolutely nothing like most limousines. Designed and built in 1986, it has the distinction of being the world’s biggest for-hire limo and was constructed from a tractor trailer body. This is what allows it to host up to 40 passengers. In addition, The Midnight Rider has an 1,800 watt sound system, its own dance club and DJ booth inside, three different lounge areas, and a full size bar with room for several bartenders. With all that’s in it, it comes as no surprise that this limousine also holds the record for being the world’s heaviest.

Top image: DeLorean Limo. Credit: Dr_Emmet_Brown/Reddit.

[Source: Money Inc. Edited. Some links added.]

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