$5 Million Learjet Converted into a Street-Legal Limo

If there is one thing that screams “I have a lot of money”, it’s having your own private jet, but that wasn’t enough for Frank DeAngelo and Dima Kashevatsky. The pair enlisted designer Dan Harris to turn their 28-metre long, ruby-red Learjet into a street-legal limousine, and the result is nothing short of amazing. Taking over 40,000 man-hours and between 60 and 100 people across 12 years to construct, the Limo-Jet can now safely transport eight passengers in its wingless Learjet fuselage.

DeAngelo said the one-of-a-kind vehicle cost over $1 million to build, thanks to its extensive resource list. A steel chassis was used to reinforce the aluminium jet body, with parts from numerous vehicles incorporated into the finished product. The Limo-Jet houses lights from a Jeep and suspension parts from a pick-up truck – as well as several custom-made pieces.

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Learjet Limo 2

“We’ve had people pull over on the side of the road, and they’ll get out of the car and videotape the limo. They treat it almost like it’s a celebrity, which is exciting. It’s really accomplishing what we set out to do with it,” DeAngelo told Bancroft Media.

What’s even more impressive is how the Limo-Jet actually moves. Powered by a Vortec V8 engine, the ruby-red vehicle tops out at a max speed of just over 100mph, not bad considering it weighs a hefty 12,000 pounds and has a tail fin that sits almost 12 feet in the air. “I like to guess something over 40,000 man-hours have been invested in the limo jet. People can’t believe how massive it is when it’s coming down the street,” DeAngelo said.

Learjet Limo 2

The Limo-Jet isn’t just a statement piece either. DeAngelo explained that it had been designed as the ultimate party vehicle. Despite having to remove the wings for the vehicle to become road-worthy, the jet engine nacelles remain, and house two 12-inch subwoofers surrounded by neon lights. Alongside the ‘engine speakers’, a row of subwoofers and speakers along the edge of the limo are revealed by a motorised cover, all of which makes up the exterior sound system of the vehicle. Fold down the neon-illuminated stairs to step inside the Limo-Jet and things are equally as impressive.

Learjet Limo 2

The driver, or ‘pilot’, sits up front in a single command seat that features a bank of four monitors on the custom dash. Each screen is hooked up to an external camera to allow the driver to see around the giant car during its various voyages. Just to keep the jet theme going, the driver’s seat also cops a bank of toggle switches that activate the Limo-Jet’s custom disco lighting, as well as the lights in the special ‘Infinity Mirror’ floor.“The interior was a lot more difficult,” said DeAngelo. “We knew it was going to be a little tricky because everything is curved, so we couldn’t use any templates, we had to hand-make everything. From the centre console that sits in the dash, to the upper console where all the switches are, all the way back to the roof, we had to use special bending products – bending glass, bending wood.”

Learjet Limo 2

While the Limo-Jet is absolute showstopping party-bus, ready to take bookings across the US, some lucky and presumably very rich fans are welcome to purchase it. Just be willing to part with a cool $5 million if you want to get DeAngelo’s attention. “The ultimate goal is to build more, and we’d like to make them a unique experience,” he explained. “There won’t be many of them because it takes so long to produce, but it’s definitely something we’re targeting. I tell people all the time, I was either smart enough or dumb enough to jump headfirst into the project, but I don’t have any regrets, even though it took a long time, I’m happy that we’re here now.”

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Learjet Limo 2

Learjet Limo 2

Learjet Limo 2

Learjet Limo 2

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