A hero restored the longest car in the world and broke a new record

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You can forget the stretched Hummer H2s, coaches and even the Canyonero. It’s the longest car ever made – and that’s perfect. Feast your eyes, my friends, on “The American Dream.” It’s back and longer than ever.

You’ve probably seen pictures of this vehicle rotting in a New Jersey warehouse parking lot over the years. That was until a man had a dream, and that dream was to rebuild the longest car ever made – and I don’t just say longest car ever made as hyperbole. He is certified as the guinness world record support for the longest car ever made.

Officials measured this monolith to American excess on March 1, and it arrived at 30.538 meters long. That’s 110 feet and 1.5 inches in freedom. He actually broke the record he originally set in 1986 with that last 1.5 inches.

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“When I found the car, it was in very poor condition. I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 it was minus one,” Michael Manning, one of the people involved in the restaurant who happens to have a top 10 accent in New York City, noted.

The car was a “piece of junk” that was almost completely rusted when he found it in Jersey. He saw it listed for sale on eBay and made a winning bid.

He was then shipped off to his technical school in Nassau Country on Long Island.

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“We were going to restore it to my school, but there were not enough funds to undertake the project. He stayed behind my apartment building in Mineola for about seven or eight years,” Manning said.

He finally made his way to Florida (because, of course) to complete the restoration with a new partner, Michel Diter the owner of the Dezerland Park Car Museum and Tourist Attractions in Orlando.

The project began about two and a half years ago, according to Manning. He said that, in addition to the rotting limo shell, they also had three donor Cadillacs to help build.

In all, Restoration project cost over a quarter of a million dollars.

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Screenshot: Guinness World Records via YouTube

Step into the American Dream, and you find enough room for about 75 people “any day of the week”. It’s covered head to toe in carpet, leather, vinyl, and LED lights. This seems normal for the golf course (on board) given that it is at its heart a limousine from the 1980s. This also several TVs, refrigerator and telephone inside.

It also includes the aforementioned putting green, swimming pool and helipad.

When dismantling the car, Manning and his team realized that it was actually six Eldorados joined together, joined in the middle by a custom-made frame. This also an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser roof for good measure.

As for how much The American Dream weighs, well, it was never put on a scale, but Manning estimates it to be probably around 25,000 pounds.

Driving the car is not an easy task as you can imagine.

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“To turn, you need a very wide radius because of its length. Like the president, how he should plot his route to where he is going. That’s what should be done. We will have to plot a route and know where we are going to turn,” Manning said. “It’s not for everyday driving, obviously.”

According to a Guinness release, the car was first built in California in 1986 and measured at a rather walkable length of 60 feet. However, it still had all 26 wheels and two Cadillac V8 engines front and rear.

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The customizer, Jay Ohrberg, decided that 60ft just wasn’t long enough and added another 40ft to the overall length. Under – uh, at each end – of The American Dream is a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado limousine that can be driven at both ends.

Like everything else in the automotive industry, the future of The American Dream could be electric. Manning says it would take 26 electric motors, one for each wheel and a “I don’t know what size it has to be” battery.

However, electrification is not the only future plan on the horizon.

“Eventually, we will extend it. I don’t know how long we’re going to do it, but I guess as long as we can, Manning said. “The sky is the limit. Oto one, the road is the limit.

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