Land yacht (automobile)
Airstream, a recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer, have also used "land yacht" as a model name.
Common features of American land yachts are very large exterior proportions, somewhat vague steering, large V8 engines and a soft ride. They were designed "for the open road where living room comfortable seats made the front seat seem like a plush couch with a windshield and steering wheel in front of it."
One of the largest production sedans were the 1974–1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 sedans that reached 252.2 in (6,406 mm) in length and weighed 5,500–6,100 lb (2,500–2,800 kg). Many landyacht-type cars are four-door sedans or pillarless hardtop body styles; however large coupes, convertibles, and station wagons were also produced.
Brands which produced land yachts included Cadillac, Lincoln, Imperial and Buick.
After the oil crises of the 1970s and 1980s, U.S. consumers become more interested in fuel economy than glamor. Downsizing by the American car manufacturers resulted in a greater focus on more efficient mid-size cars. When General Motors stopped production of the Buick Roadmaster, Chevrolet Caprice and Cadillac Fleetwood, it marked the end of production for American land yachts.
1974 Mercury Colony Park station wagon,
curb weight: 5,066 lb (2,298 kg)
1975 Imperial four-door hardtop,
length: 232.7 in (5,911 mm)
Cars built outside America are not generally referred to as land yachts, however several models from Mercedes Benz are of similar size and weight. The 1963-1981 Mercedes-Benz 600 has a length of up to 246 in (6.25 m).
Airstream recreational vehicle
- Full-size car
- List of largest passenger vehicles in the United States
- Passenger vehicles in the United States
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