Goin’ to the Chapel in Style

When Doug Arbuthnot’s daughter announced her wedding, he wanted to contribute something special.  If his daughter and her future husband were like most kids these days, they would have at least a couple of years before the big day.  In this case, Doug only had nine months to make this contribution to the wedding effort:

What used to be a ’34 Plymouth sedan became the stretch limo that escorted the lucky couple to the chapel on the wedding day.  Doug did all the work himself, including stretching the frame and splicing the body with sheetmetal and plate glass.  Power comes from a four-bolt Chevy 350 small block, mated to a Turbo 400 4-speed automatic and a Nova rearend.

Of course, limos are all about comfort, and this thing is no exception.  The fully-finished interior is covered in grey velour, with a bench seat for the newlyweds and buckets for the best man and maid of honour.  As a finishing touch, every bit of trim is brass-plated for that extra-classy touch.

Although nearly every car from the 30’s has a certain degree of elegance, Dodges allegedly have one advantage over the competitors, albeit a notorious one.  “It’s an Al Capone special” Doug exclaimed, as he waited to pick up his passengers after a Pony Corral cruise night.  “They used to say Al Capone’s men used Dodges or Plymouths because all four doors are suicide (doors).  You know, so they could shoot out of them.”

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Required Reading for this week:

BBC Television’s Top Gear Limo Challenge on YouTube

Limo King Enterprises: Builders of the world’s largest limosine (and some of the weirdest, too)

’38 Limo Service:  A 1938 Plymouth stretch limo for your big days

The history of Al Capone’s personal Cadillac


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