I bet you’ve always wanted to know how limousines are made, right? What’s that? You’ve never had any interest in that whatsoever?
From the folks at Limousine World comes a nice look at how cars are stretched and rebuilt. It’s easy to see how the process works for both body-on-frame vehicles like the Panthers and for the unibody limos such as the Chrysler 300s that have popped up all over urban centers. It’s also easy to see that there’s room for considerable variation in craftsmanship; think about that the next time you’re headed to a party in a stretched H2 or Navigator.
Of course, the arms race in modern limousines coincides almost exactly with the disappearance of factory-built limos. Cadillac offers just one livery vehicle now: a new variant of the XTS. Lincoln wants you to call the MKT a “Town Car”, which despite my personal partiality to the MKT is a lot like asking someone to refer to Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn Monroe. One wonders what’s changed so much about the purpose of the limousine in the past thirty years to force such a change in their morphology… so stay tuned to TTAC, because we’ll be considering that in an upcoming article!