The General Motors Small Block V8’s compact nature, low cost and ability to produce huge amounts of power make it the perfect engine for project cars and custom builds. We’ve seen GM V8s engines dropped in just about everything, from Porsche 911s to original Minis and everything in between, but we never thought we’d see one installed in a Learjet.
This creation, known as the Limo Jet or the ‘Learmousine’, is a fully working luxury limousine based on an actual Learjet private plane. It was built by mating a retired Learjet fuselage to a custom steel skeletal frame and features a GM Vortec V8 engine. The engine is nestled in a custom cradle that the builder, Chicago-based firm Exotic Coach, currently has a pending patent application on.
While the Limo Jet may receive power from a Vortec V8, that’s not what onlookers will hear when this monstrous limo comes barrelling down the road. Two huge exterior speakers, mounted where the Learjet’s turbines used to be, play a jet engine soundtrack for all to hear, which would assuredly drown out the deep engine note of the Vortec engine.
Inside, the Limo Jet is fully equipped for weddings, bachelor parties or whatever occasions party people may want to rent it out for. A long, diamond-stitched bench seat ensures passengers remain comfortable, while a large 42-inch plasma TV and 17,000-watt audio system will keep them entertained.
The chauffeur will also ride in luxury, sitting in a bucket seat with a harness and holding a red carbon fiber-look steering wheel. Four small screens for the outboard cameras also ensure they don’t bump into anything while trying to navigate the 42-foot long, 8-foot wide Limo Jet around town.
The current owner of the Limo Jet, Jetsetter Inc., is looking to offload the whacky creation via Mecum’s upcoming Indy 2020 sale. It’s not clear how much the company wants for it, but we can’t imagine it will come cheap. A Learjet fuselage is likely quite expensive and the limo has also had a ton of pricy custom work done to it, from a candy red exterior paint job to the aforementioned custom engine cradle and much more.
The seller is also throwing in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD to tow the limo with, which has a red metallic paint job to match the limo.