The heaviest limousine is “Midnight Rider” weighing 22,933 kg (50,560 lb). It is 21.3 m (70 ft) long and 4.1 m (13 ft 8 in) high. It was designed by Michael Machado and Pamela Bartholemew (both USA) in California, USA and begun operating on 3 September 2004.
Midnight Rider features three lounges and a separate bar and can accommodate up to 40 passengers, served by a crew of four. Its interior decor is based on the railroad Pullman cars, which were popular from the mid 1800. Its horn plays the theme of “The Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers.
The Midnight Rider was originally conceived and designed in 1986. After some revision to the original design, it was eventually approved for construction in March of 1997. The design proposed a 25 ton, 416 square foot coach named The Midnight Rider. It took seven years to build. The Midnight Rider is licensed by the Public Utilities Commission, operated by Irontree Management as a tractor trailer limousine, and has been taking passengers since June of 2005.
Masterfully and painstakingly engineered by Mike Machado and constructed by his team, The Midnight Rider is steel, aluminum, and stainless on its exterior. The interior is elegantly decorated by Pamela Bartholomew-Machado with mirrored wood, polished brass, and sumptuous fabrics.
Its richly crafted design represents luxury travel which has long since disappeared for the public. This new, exciting travel experience, unmatched by any vehicle offering passenger service today, features 21st century technology with décor representative of the luxury days of railroad travel and appointments of the 1870’s presidential Pullman cars.