Publish date: 2016-05-31 11:17:51
Here are the longest American classic cars!
Since the 1950s to 1970s, American vehicles were made with extra space.
Back during those years, car buyers were not concerned about the car’s fuel efficiency too much. Many car manufacturers were focusing on their car’s size and power. A large full-size rear wheel sedan is known as a Land Yacht, these cars were often found during the ‘50s and they offer a “spongy” ride to emulate the feeling of riding a yacht.
Car manufacturers such as Cadillac, Buick and Lincoln dominated this category. They were known for creating these huge cars with powerful V8 engines that are usually paired with 3-speed or 4-speed transmission.
One of these exaggeratedly sized cars is the 1966 Toronado.
The production of this car started in 1966 and it has a large wheelbase. Its 119.0 in wheelbase supports this lengthy body of a 2-door coupe. This car has a total length of 211 and it’s advertised as the first full-size car with front wheel drive.
The second car on our list is the luxurious 1950’s Cadillac Fleetwood.
1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 75
This 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 is one of the longest American production car in history. Cadillac advertised this car as “The new standard of the world in achievement”. It has a massive 149.75 wheelbase and its overall length was 225”. This lengthy body has a curb weight of 4,690lbs and this car is a perfect choice for a Presidential Limo.
Standard Equipment on all models
- Cadillac power steering
- Cadillac power brakes
- Cadillac Hydra-Matic drive
Though the Cadillac Fleetwood may seem unbeatable, Lincoln released the best of the land yacht during the ‘60s with their Continentals.
This car became famous because of its limo-size and suicide doors. It has an overall length of 216.3” while its width is just 78.6”. This stretched sedan runs on a 126” wheelbase and it was powered by 430 cu in V8. Its engine was advertised with 320hp and it’s paired with a four barrel carburettor.
An optional twin-range Turbo-Drive 3-speed automatic transmission is available. Also, various extras are available including an AM-FM push button radio, air conditioner, tinted glass, automatic headlamp dimmer and floor mats.
Other car manufacturers that became famous for producing lengthy vehicles are Pontiac and Buick.
When Pontiac released a 220 in. Bonneville, Buick beat it with their Electra 225. The “225” on its name refers to its overall length of 225 inches and in 1975; this car became the longest vehicle by Buick because it was released with a length of over 233.7 inches.
Chrysler also joined the war of lengthy vehicles with their 1956 Imperial. This car runs on 133.0 in wheelbase and it has an overall length of 229.6 inches. This Imperial is the longest non-limousine American car after the World War II.
Lastly, the longest classic car we could ever find is the 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five.
1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five
This car has an overall length of 21 feet or 252 in. and General Motor classified this car as a full size luxury car.
The 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood is available in two versions, the Nine passenger sedan and the Limousine.
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