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14 of the World’s Best Limos

Limousines come in all shapes, colours and sizes, being an incredible car category that we at Limo Broker hugely admire. From the Lincoln Towncar Limousine to the Hummer Limousine, the long wheelbase vehicles are fun and incredibly easy on the eye. Built with a huge focus on passenger comfort, limousines are best when chauffeur-driven, giving those lucky enough to travel inside a truly great transport experience.

Just this week, popular car magazine, AutoCar, shared what they believed to be the best limousines ever made. Below we have shone the spotlight on our top 14 from the list.

Cadillac 75 (1936)

The brand Cadillac is incredibly well-known, renowned for creating vehicles that are real show-stoppers. For this reason, it is easy to see why the Cadillac 75 made the top limo list, with the 75 being the brand’s flagship vehicle.

Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959)

Next up we have the Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959); a simply beautiful creation. Brought to us by the world-renowned British carmakers, the Rolls Royce V is a limo we all know and love. While no two versions are the same visually, each is powered by an impressive 6.23-litre V8 engine.

Checker Aerobus (1962)

Created in the 1960’s, the Checker Aerobus was built to occupy as many passengers as possible, initially made to ferry people to airports and cities centres. As a stretched version of the famous yellow cab, the limo had eight doors and 15 seats.

Mercedes Pullman Limo (1963)

The Mercedes Pullman is said to be the only limo that came close to rivalling the Rolls Royce collection, shocking the world when it launched the S600. Nicknamed ‘Grosser’ meaning ‘grand’, the limo was an extended Pullman, adding 246 inches to the original model.

Daimler DS420 (1968)

As the longest-running factory limo ever offered, the Daimler DS420 understandably made the list of best limos. Loved by Mayors and high-profile individuals, the Daimler DS420 was used commonly by the Queen Mother.

ZIL-4104 (1973)

If you have seen any Cold War films, you will no doubt have seen the ZIL-4104 (1973); an 80’s limo that was built specifically for the leaders of the Soviet Union.

Mercedes-Benz V123 (1976)

Another great limo from Mercedes is the V123, a stunning limousine that stole the show in the late 70s. Referred to as the ‘Munich taxi’, this limo can now be purchased for as little as £2500.

Zimmer (1978)

The limo mapped the way when it came to extravagance, being outlandish with its exterior design. Built in New Jersey, the Zimmer came in both 2 and 4-door options.

Lincoln Town Car (1980)

Now, the Lincoln Town Car is a limo that has changed over time, still one of the most popular limos hired for birthdays, weddings and other popular events. While a version of the car has been around since the 50s, the 1980s model was created with those that wanted to travel in the back in mind.

Maybach 62 (2002)

After the Millennium, limousines started to become sleeker and sophisticated, as proven by the Maybach 62. Launched on the Queen Elizabeth 2 ship, the Maybach 62 was and still is fabulous.

Hummer H2 (2002)

Launched in the same year as the Maybach 62 was the Hummer H2; one of the first tank-looking limos to grace our roads. With some models being 12.3-metres in length, the car was adopted fully by partygoers that wanted to stand out on the road.

Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005)

Known for creating aesthetically stunning vehicles, Rolls Royce obviously impressed with the launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005); a car that stamped the British carmaker’s name in the limo space indefinitely.

Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine (2016)

Fast forward a few years and Bentley gave us the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine. Revealed to the public in 2016, the limo had two pairs of rear seats that faced each other, making for a comfortable, sociable cabin.

Presidential state car (2018)

Topping the list of the world’s best limos is understandably the 2018 Presidential Limo. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the car certainly suits Donald Trump’s style, being loud and proud. Weighing 9072kg and costing $16 million, it is easy to see why this vehicle came up trumps!

Let us know what you think, are there any other limos you think should have made the list?

Renault driverless limo gets the green light

Like many other car manufacturers, Renault are a brand that understands that future of travel is connected, with autonomous cars being the focus for the whole industry.

Working hard to stay relevant in a German-dominated market, Renault have been working on their own driverless car creation; the Renault Ez-Ultimo. Unveiling the concept at the 2018 Paris motor show this week, the car apparently went down an absolute storm. Said to offer a “premium mobility experience”, we at Limo Broker wanted to take a closer look at what the French carmakers had to show for their hard work.

Why is the Renault ED-Ultimo so special?

Well, with such a fabulous, dramatic name, we expected big things from this concept. And we were not disappointed. In essence, the car is an electric, connected and autonomous limousine that is all about privacy. Providing passengers with an intimate cabin to travel inside, critics say the limo to provide an unparalleled chauffeur service.

Not dissimilar to the design of a traditional limo, the car is 5.8m-long and 1.35m tall. Plus, the car has the ability to seat up to three people.

While an incredibly futuristic vehicle, there are a few nods to the cars and designs of yesteryear. Apparently, the car boasts rotating knobs that have been likened to the ones on old-school amplifiers to control the audio and lighting.

Just one piece of the puzzle

According to the Herald Sun, this vehicle will make up just one part of a futuristic Renault fleet and driverless car service.

“Renault expects the premium service to work alongside its more mainstream Ez-Go robot taxi and Ez-Pro driverless delivery van in the connected cities of the future” they claim.

Let us know what your thoughts are on this new vehicle concept. Can Renault compete with BMW, Volva, Uber and the likes when it comes to driverless car technology?

The Zoolander Fiat 500 Limo could be yours!

As the world’s largest classic car marketplace, AutoClassics often showcase some rare gems for sale. And, one of its latest listings is certainly that!

An outlandish stretched Fiat 500D limousine that had previously graced the Hollywood screens has been made available for purchase; a listing that has understandably seen car enthusiasts talking online.

The one-of-a-kind Fiat appeared in the movie Zoolander 2, featuring silver screen comics, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Being an iconic vehicle that both car-lovers and film buffs love, the car could now be yours for a cool £45,000. The fully-customised Fiat limousine was created in Abruzzo, Italy, with its designer takings parts from the 70’s classic Giardiniera and the more recent Fiat 500 F.

Designer, Agostino Gizzi, did admit his surprise upon receiving such an outlandish request. When building the extraordinary limo, he said the following:

“I thought it was a joke at first, then I received the production company credentials through the Fiat 500 Club in Italy.”

The limousine’s star quality will of course be its biggest attraction to would-be-buyers. however, this vehicle is so much more than a quirky Hollywood prop. The marketplace advertisement describes the drivetrain and running gear as “perfect” whilst the synchromesh gearbox and 650cc powerplant combine to ensure speed is not an issue.

Given its appearance on the big screen, it will come as no surprise to learn that this particular Fiat 500D limousine features a bespoke interior fit for a movie star. The rear of the limousine includes a fridge, state-of-the-art music system and a stunning mahogany trim. Stretched to the length of a 4×4 at a huge four metres, this rare limousine boasts the kind of road presence any other Fiat 500 can only dream of. But, does it deserve such a hefty price tag? We would love to know your thoughts! Share theme with us by leaving your comments.

Is the electric one-seater limo the world’s weirdest car?

As you will know from browsing on the Limo Broker website, we love the weird and wonderful side of the vehicle market. From lavish limousines fitted with karaoke machines to vintage Rolls Royces that allow you to travel back in time, in our opinion, the more unique the car, the better the travel experience. This is why we were thrilled to come across what people are calling ‘the world’s weirdest electric car’; a one-seater limousine that has been named ‘Prototype 10’.  

Unveiled at California’s Pebble Beach classic car show, the car is said to “recapture the spirit of early speedsters” from the early 1900s.  

But, where has this electric super car come from? Well, according to a recent release, this is the brainchild of Nissan’s luxury brand; Infiniti. Having been working on the design for some time, the brand has been credited for their innovative mock-up, with many industry thought leaders believing one-seater cars as long as limos to be the cars of the future.   

What’s it like to drive?

At the helm of this project is Karim Habib, a Canadian designer that boasts over twenty years of experience at BMW before joining Nissan.  

“For us, electrification means performance – our cars will be powerful, efficient, and highly rewarding to drive, and Prototype 10 is a physical representation of our electrified future” says Habib. 

“The Infiniti Prototype 10 echoes the layout and design of early speedsters”.

“This period saw the creation of some of the most evocative car designs of all time, where power was celebrated through high-powered single-seat competition cars.”  

Therefore, he says, “it is appropriate that we found inspiration in an optimistic bygone era in which cars were characterised by the simple love of driving.”  

So, what are your thoughts on the limo of the future? Tell us what you think by leaving your comments below.   

New Bentley boss squashes rumours of a sports car

From Rolls Royce to BNW, we are seeing many car manufacturers steering away from their niches and diversifying their fleets. However, Bentley, a brand renowned for their fine chauffeur cars, has this week announced they will not be following suit.

With rumours circulating of a 5th line for Bentley, people have been expecting a 2-seater vehicle to join the famous Continental GT, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne marques. But, the brand’s new CEO, Adrian Hallmark, is eager to squash these rumours, telling of the brand’s plans and focus on sedans and SUVs from now on. Taking over from the famous Wolfgang Dürheimer, Hallmark puts his decision largely down to the current economy as well as car-buying trends.

“The sports car sector, like our own, is highly volatile in a recession. It can drop 50 or 60 percent. Only this time, the sports car sector forgot to recover. And if you look at their history, and the average age of their buyers, you’ll see the age goes up by one every year. It means the cars are being bought by the same old enthusiasts,” he said in a recent interview.

While not giving away any real details as to what Bentley’s future segment will be, some reporters are suggesting that a Bentayga could be joined by a coupe-like SUV. We are also hearing that Bentley will be the latest manufacturers to be working on a new electric vehicle. While this has not been confirmed by them, the success of the Bentayga Hybrid earlier this year could have given the brand the confidence to launch another eco vehicle.

A good move by Bentley?

Let us know what you think. Are Bentley doing the right thing by not placing their focus on developing a new sports car? Leave your thoughts and opinions with us by commenting below.