This limo still exists today, and it still holds the title of the world's longest. It remains an impressive build, having been restored after three years of hard work and an estimated budget of $250,000. However, as the video below shows, in restored form, the American Dream feels slightly anti-climatic.
A limousine like no otherJay Ohrberg was a man with a very peculiar taste in cars, and he turned that into a most prolific career in Hollywood. He is the man behind iconic on-screen vehicles, both on the big and the small screen, including General Lee from Dukes of Hazard, KITT from Knight Rider, the DeLorean in Back to the Future DeLorean, several Batman vehicles, the RoboCop car, the Ford GT from Starsky and Hutch, and the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters.
In between building vehicles for all the major studios and private customers, mostly celebrities and public figures who wanted to stand out, Ohrberg also did several iconic limousines. His motto seems to have been "the stranger the better," so over the years, he worked hard to outdo himself. His portfolio includes a Ferrari F40 limo, a Mercedes convertible limo with a heart-shaped hot tub in the back, the Extra-Wide limo that looked like a living room on wheels, and the unmistakable American Dream.
The American Dream was based on the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado and used parts from six of them. The initial build was shorter and less fabulous, at "just" 18.28 meters (60 feet), which he later extended to 30.5 meters (100 feet), adding a hinge in the middle that would allow it to turn. It never got much use like this, though, because it would be hauled from location to location in two pieces secured to flatbed trailers.
Inside, the American Dream dripped in excess. Hardwood furniture, crystal chandeliers, large-screen TVs, professional audio systems and lights, a water bed, a spa area, and seating for as many as 75 people were among the features presented to the media at the time.
It was no surprise that the limo became a success, traveling to 30 countries and impressing audiences wherever it went. Then, by the late '90s, it slipped off the radar and into oblivion, abandoned to the elements until the early 2010s.
A legend reborn, but not quiteIn 2020, news broke that the American Dream limo was being restored. Owner Mike Manning and billionaire Mike Dezer had joined forces on the project, which would end up on display at the famous Dezerland Auto Museum in Florida.
Carfluencer Supercar Blondie was recently in Florida and was invited to tour the limo and take it for a very short drive. While there, she also offered a better look at the renovated interior, which is shockingly bare except for the L-shaped sofa you can see when you open the large drop-down gullwing doors.
The American Dream, once built as a functional premium party venue on wheels, is now an empty carpeted tunnel that allows you to crawl from the rear to the front. The bottom of the pool is cracked, and, at least on this occasion, the small two-person helicopter only touches the helipad briefly before taking off again.
Driving the American Dream is surprisingly un-challenging, at least in Supercar Blondie's case. She's only allowed to drive it forward and backward over a short distance – so short that she doesn't even close the access door in the rear. She says the limo is no longer able to turn because the builders only had to make it drivable in the most basic sense to secure the new Guinness record.
That last part contradicts what a rep for Dezerland was saying at the big unveil in 2022. According to him, the limo has two 8.2-liter V8 engines under the hood, and it could be capable of topping 120 mph (193 kph), though in theory only. Stopping it was the real issue, though. He also said that it could turn, adding that it would need an airport to do so safely.