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The all new custom side bar will be introduced as standard equipment on 1984 limousines built by Dillinger/Gaines of Brooklyn, New York, said Bruce Cirlin, director of marketing and sales.
“This multi-level, rounded-corner look, gives the unit a strong art-deco influence. It includes color television, AM/FM stereo with cassette, air conditioning and heating controls, stainless steel sink with drain, lighted crystal decanters, cassette storage drawer and writing desk all as standard equipment. Video cassette recorder and electronic wet bar are optional. This functional control center lights up at night for easy access to all controls. The true feeling of a living room on wheels,” Cirlin said.
American Custom Coach
Nearly everything from stretched Cadillac limousines to custom-built Subarus are converted by American Custom Coachworks Ltd. of Beverly Hills, California, said Fred London, president.
“American Custom Coachworks, Ltd. is a very quality-minded builder of limousines and for 1984 has expanded its product line to where limousines will be brought down into an affordable price range for everyone to take a good, hard look at before considering the competition,” London said. American Custom’s Cadillac Paris III, a 45-inch stretch offers electric window divider, rear facing club seats, console, color television, stereo and cassette player as well as custom suspension he said.
“Our 1984 model run will be expanded into various other models; ACC presently builds on Datsun, Toyota, Subaru and GM. Other major surprises for 1984 are due to show in October. We will be building on the Lincoln chassis in 1984 as well as Cadillac,” he said.
Nine passenger, six-door limousine come complete with a quality assured protection plan from Eureka Coach Co. Ltd., of Toronto.
The Cadillac Concours Calais and Buick Empire VI offer workmanship coverage on all Eureka-made components, whether built or finished by the company, said T.A. McPherson, Eureka president. The protection plan is effective for 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first, he said. The guarantee doesn’t cover the engine, transmission, rear-end and unaltered General Motors’ components, he added.
Also included in the guarantee is Eureka’s eight-year Ziebart anti-corrosion protection plan, McPherson added.
The Cadillac Talisman and Buick Empire four-door, nine-passenger stretch models offer the same Eureka protection plan, he said.
In addition to stretch limousines, Eureka builds funeral coaches, both hearses and flower cars, all with the same guarantee, McPherson said.
The protection plan is available in both Canada and the United States, he said.
The new model year will see a 46-inch stretched Cadillac that American Pullman Coachbuilders, of Brooklyn, N.Y. dubbed the Touring Limousine, said Harold Sky, public relations director.
Standard equipment includes air shock suspension, center console, folding jumpseat and auxiliary radiator cooling fan, Sky said.
Options include custom chrome grille, video tape player and pin-striping, he said.
Stretching limousines to lengths rarely heard of, Ultra Limos, Inc. of La Palma, California offers 63-inch stretched Lincoln Town Cars and Continentals, Cadillac De Villes and Fleetwoods as well as 48-inch stretched Mercedes 450 SEs and 500 SEs, and 60-inch stretched Chyrsler Fifth Avenues, according to Kraig Kavanaugh, president.
Interiors include burl and zebra wood, as well as 24 Karat gold trim, Kavanaugh said.
Ultra Limos is known for stretching exotic automobiles, he said, adding the company also customizes Ferraris and Maseratis.
Hess & Eisenhardt
The Formal Limousine, which has become successful with both livery services and funeral homes, is actually a dual purpose automobile with the appearance of a Formal 4-door limousine and the convenience of a 6-door, said Michael Statler, regional sales manager of the Cincinnati company.
The center doors are operated by electric remote control push buttons and make for easy access to the center jump seats, Statler said. The two center jump seats are full-width and will carry three persons comfortably, he said. When the seats are folded up, the limousine becomes a full Formal Limousine, he added.
Standard equipment includes the formal roof treatment, Fleetwood molding package, full drop down center door glass, AM-FM stereo cassette radio in the rear compartment, reading light and rear heating and air conditioning controls, he said.
The 1984 line of O’Gara limousines is highlighted by the introduction of the Windsor Series, said James Salscheider, president. Two of the models in this 46-inch stretch line, the Barclay and the Moritz, are designed exclusively for limousine services, he said, and range from the double bench seat design of the Barclay to the standard limousine configuration of the Moritz.
Product improvements for the year include an aircraft wiring harness for all O’Gara limousines, Salscheider said. “This is pre-tested, has built in grounds and all connections use plugs. The end result is the almost total elimination of electrical failure,” he said.