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Friday, August 27, 2004

Stretching a point...

Back in the mid-1980's when I lived in Calgary a rather strange little apparition appeared on the streets, which I thought had to be the silliest bit of automobilia, bar none. It was a Chrysler K-car (a Reliant, if memory serves) that had been stretched out into a limousine. I thought "What is the point of it?"

Fast-forward to a couple of years ago in Vancouver. I saw a couple of stretch SUV's on the streets (a Divine Providence has, so far, spared me the sight of a stretch Hummer - and that phrase conjures up some vaguely obscene visions...), and again I thought "What is the point of it?"

Well, there's a new vehicle out there for which the phrase "stretch redux" is truly appropriate:

This is the Mini XXL.
The six wheel, four door, six seater stretch MINI Cooper S features the John Cooper Works Tuning Kit and was built by a specialist coach builder in Los Angeles. Fully loaded with all of the toys you would expect to find in a limousine, the MINI XXL comes equipped with a retractable flat screen TV, a DVD player, CD and radio, air conditioning, sunroof, full black leather and a telephone in the rear so that passengers can communicate with the driver.
As might be expected, there's also a two-person whirlpool in the back.

Of course, silly as this thing may be, it doesn't hold a candle to this collection of oddball limos (and there are some true atrocities pictured here - the 1966 Shelby Cobra limo springs immediately to mind).

Happy (if pointless) motoring!