Our industry has evolved throughout the last 100 years, from
horse-drawn taxis to gasoline-powered rides and beyond. Often, with progress,
comes a little, well, fun.
Here are some of our industry’s record-breaking feats.
For starters, it’s called the American Dream.
This limo, which was built in the late 1980s by Jay Ohrberg,
is 100 feet long with 26 wheels, a Jacuzzi, a diving board, and a helicopter landing
pad. Naturally, because of its length, the limousine could bend in the center
and it has a second backseat driver manning the rear axles.
Unfortunately, it was later abandoned in a New Jersey
warehouse, but since then, has become a restoration project for the Autoseum
Automotive Teaching Museum.
York City’s Record-Setting Taxi Medallion
You can buy a lot for $965,000--a taxi medallion included,
and that’s just what two New Yorkers did at a 2014 auction, setting the record
for the highest bid at one of these auctions in the city. Sadar Jama, one of
the winning bidders, told the
New York Post it was a solid investment.
“People come here from all over the world and the first
thing they want to do is become a taxi driver,” he said. “Everyone comes here
for a different dream, a better life, to give my children a better life.”
An actual taxi medallion is worth more than $1 million, so
it was really a deal!
Longest Taxi Ride
According to the
, a trio of Englishmen bought a London black cab with the intention of
seeing just how high they could push the taximeter. Four continents, 13 months,
and more than 32,000 miles later, their “fare” reached more than $100,000.
The Sultan of Brunei (a small country in Southeast Asia) has
expensive tastes, and he spared no expense when purchasing his limo. It’s a
Rolls Royce Silver Spur, custom-made for his wedding day and covered in 24k
gold. It’s worth more than $14 million and fits right into his collection
of more than 5,000 vehicles worth a combined total of $5 billion.
Likely to Succeed
Who else would be dubbed most likely to succeed other than the
“Beast,” the U.S. president’s limo? It’s not only bullet-proof,
it’s bomb-proof and has been built to survive chemical warfare. The
grille even has night-vision capabilities.