Mitsubishi dealer sells ridiculous Learjet limo
One of the brightest ways to show that you have acquired a lot of wealth is to buy a private jet. But what if you really aren’t a fan of aviation? A Chicagoland Mitsubishi dealer has a crazy idea for you: Rride in a $3,799,999 Learjet converted into a limo. Wait what?
Yes, this creation is sold for $3,799,999 at a dealership where you could also spend just 14 big on a Mitsubishi Mirage. This dealership has some really hot cars in their inventory, including a lucid air and one Rolls Royce Ghost. Unfortunately, the Limo-Jet isn’t parked next to new Mitsubishis, but the dealer’s photo in a warehouse should elicit a chuckle.
Chances are this won’t be the first time you’ve laid eyes on the Limo-Jet. The vehicle lives in Chicago and it has been offered for sale several times in recent years. It never gets less amazing to watch either.
According to a 2006 Chicago Tribune report, the Limo-Jet is the brainchild of Frank and Joanne DeAngelo. Their company, Exotic Coach Limousines, specializes in taking luxury cars and cutting them in half before adding length and features like dance floors, fireplaces and more. Turning a Learjet into a limo is just one extension of the idea.
The Limo-Jet was designed by Dan Harris of Jetmousine Inc in Bend, Oregon with Exotic Coach managing the build and finishing it in Chicago. Surprisingly, none of the articles written about the limo explained what the plane started out as other than a “Learjet”. I dug a little, and the fuselage matches a Learjet 35. Turns out my look was correct, as a coin of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association confirmed my theory that the fuselage started out as a Learjet 35.
The Learjet 35 was produced from 1973 to 1994 and features two rear-mounted Garrett TFE731-2 turbofan engines. A variant, the Learjet 36, is famous for having carried Arnold Palmer 22,894 miles around the world in 57 hours, 25 minutes and 42 seconds.
Unfortunately, how this Learjet 35 lost its wings is unclear.
What you can see, however, is what has been done to the fuselage to turn it into a limo. The cabin door, for example, was moved from the left side of the fuselage to the right side.
The windows that occupied this space on the right side were then moved to the left. The aircraft’s elevators and rudder were also removed, along with its engines.
Moving around the exterior, you’ll see taillights designed to look like thrusters, underlights, and plenty of speakers.
The turbofans have also been replaced with speakers, and the limo’s total audio output is 17,000w.wait. The exterior is swathed in candy red paint, 28-inch wheels, and a horizontal stabilizer that folds down to solve clearance issues.
It sits on a custom steel skeleton chassis, which also houses an 8.1-liter Chevrolet Vortec V8 with 400 hp.
The interior is nothing out of the ordinary. The cockpit was gutted and replaced with bits of dash and gauges from the mid-2000s GM truck parts bin. Luckily, the driver gets a few cameras to see what’s going on around the 42-foot beast. .
Construction would have taken around 40,000 hours over 12 years for $1 million. Fitting the engine and running the limo’s systems apparently took two of those years. Thus, it debuted in 2018. The Limo-Jet is part limo and part show car, as you can rent itbut it also takes a lot of time get a hard-on for shows.
Today’s price is about as expensive at $3,799,999who would actually buy you several real planes, a place to store them, and lessons on how to fly them. But for that price, the limo’s builders say you’re getting the only road-legal Learjet.