If you ever thought about the biggest vehicles in the world, you probably know that it's not an easy question. I mean there are a lot of different characteristics that determine the size of the car: width, length, height, weight"... Besides, we shouldn't forget about huge trucks and agricultural machinery and vehicles. So in this part, we're gonna talk about the biggest cars we use in our everyday life.
The Largest Cars In the World. Part 1
The Longest Car In the World
And so, currently, the longest car in the world is Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, produced in 2016. Its length is 255.9 inches (that's about 6.5 meters). The car is not ordinary from the inside: the rear compartment becomes some sort of a "lounge zone". The car has two regular seats facing forward, but there are also two reward-facing ones which can be removed. The manufacturer claims that this car offers more room than any other. The vehicle has an electrically operated partition between the seats which can be switched from clear to opaque. It also includes an 18.5-inch monitor and a great stereo system. Yeah, this beauty is great, but mostly the VIPs can afford it.
On second place we can put classic Cadillac V-16 for the 1934-35 model years – 240 inches (about 6 meters) long. But most likely you won't see it on the road today.
And the third longest car in the history is Buick Estate for the 1975-76 model years – 231.8 inches (about 5.8 meters).
And what about the shortest car in the world? Of course, in our days this one goes to Smart, specifically Smart Fortwo. Its length is 106.1 inches (about 2.6 meters). But the shortest one of all times is still the three-wheeled microcar Peel P50. It is only 52.8 inches (about 1.3 meters) long. That looks really cute, but I don't think it's very comfortable.
The Widest Car In the World
And in this nomination the winner is"... (drumroll)… the good old Chrysler Crown Imperial for model 1954. It is 82.9 inches (2.1 meters) wide. The second in this list is the classic Mercedes-Benz 770 W150 for the 1938-43 model years – 82.7 inches (about 2.1 meters). But these ones you can most likely see only in movies about the old times or during the classic cars exhibitions. Nominally they still remain the widest cars in the world, but not so many people drive them nowadays. So let's talk about modern vehicles.
In 2004 the world met Maserati MC12. Its width was 82.5 inches (about 2 meters). A sport-car was created for the FIA GT Championship. The top speed of the model is about 330 k/h (205 mph).
The next in the list are some Mercury models (Colony Park and Commuter) and Ford models (Country Squire, Country Sedan, and Ranch Wagon). Each of them is 81.5 inches (about 2 meters) wide.
The last on the list is 2015 Lamborghini Aventador! This car is 79.9 inches (about 2 meters) wide. It's a super stylish sports car, which develops up to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 2.9 seconds. Imagine that! The maximum speed of the vehicle is about 354 km/h (220 mph). Like all Lamborghini models, this one got its name after a famous fighting bull. The animal became famous for its courage in the bullring.
And now let's look at the narrowest car in the world. Peel P50 is only 39 inches (about 0.9 meters) wide. We already know this microcar as the shortest one. Apparently, we can call it the most compact one too. I wonder how it feels inside"...
The Tallest Car In the World
Nominally the tallest car in the world is 1904-09 Fiat 60 HP. It is 100.4 inches (about 2.5 meters) high. As much as I love old cars, apparently you won't see anybody driving this baby today.
The tallest modern car is Rolls-Royce Phantom with an extended wheelbase. It is 64.6 inches (about 1.6 meters) tall. That's a great difference comparing to the Fiat 60 HP. But these are the nowadays standards. This luxury car won the Top Gear Car of the Year Award in 2003. The vehicle looks really fancy. It's not just a car, it's a masterpiece of the automotive industry. It gives the passengers enough of free space to feel cozy. And what's more important you can create your own unique car thanks to the wide design solutions.
On the contrary, the lowest car in the world is Probe 15 – a very strange model 29 inches (about 0.7 meters) high. Only three of them were made in 1969. And the only way to get inside was through the sliding glass roof. Probe 15 is still the shortest car in the world.
But in 1950's there was Lotus Eleven with 31.9 inches (about 0.8 meters) tall. It was a really stylish sports racing car.
And in 2006 the world met Caterham 7 CSR. Although it was made nowadays, the model looks like it came from the past. And it gets the third place on the shortest vehicles list with 40 inches (about 1 meter) tall.
The Heaviest Car In the World
To make this clear, we're gonna talk about the curb weight. That includes the total weight of the car with standard equipment, motor and transmission oil, full tank of fuel etc., but without passengers or cargo. And so, the heaviest car in the world is Mercedes-Benz 770 from 1940's. It was a luxury car during the World War II and especially popular with Nazi officials. The original model weighed 10,582 lb (4,800 kg) and the convertible – 9,700 lb (4,400 kg). Both of them were armored.
Earlier, in 1931 there was Bugatti Royale Kellner. Its weight was 7,000 lb (3,175 kg). This luxury car is considered to be one of the largest cars in the world. Its overall length is about 245.2 inches (about 6,4 meters).
The next in the list are: Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (we talked about it in the world's tallest cars list) – 6,052 lb (2,745 kg); Cadillac V-16 (one of the longest cars from 1930's) – 6,000-6,300 lb (2,721.5-2857.5kg); Buick Estate and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser with the third seat and a woodgrain – both weight 5,400 lb (2,449.5kg).
The lightest car is our favorite Peel P50 – the shortest and the narrowest three-wheel microcar. Its weight is only 130 lb (59kg). The second lightest vehicle is a sports car Ariel Atom – 1,005 lb (456 kg).
The Longest Limousine In the World
Yes, we've already talked about the longest cars. But it would be unfair to include limousines to that list. The Guinness Book of World Record says, that the longest limo in the history is Jay Ohrberg‘s model about 1,200 inches (30.5 meters) long. It has 26 wheels, a king size waterbed, a swimming pool with a diving board, Jacuzzi tub and a sun deck. But the craziest thing in all of that is a helipad"... Moreover, the limo bends when going around corners. But to say the truth, I still can't imagine this car on the road. I wonder if someone really used in the city streets And what's more important, how convenient it is to use all of that stuff during the ride: the swimming pool, the tub and especially the helipad!