Land Yachts are among the largest mass-produced cars ever manufactured. Though SUVs, crossovers and pickups are still in production today, the term “land yacht” most often refers to American cars built between 1960s and ‘70s. Body styles include four-door, two-door, and the most popular, the convertible. Available engines ranged from the small inline-six up to larger displacement V-8. These cars weren’t built for horsepower or fuel mileage, but that’s not the point of owning a couch on wheels. No car looks cooler than a ‘60s Cadillac or Lincoln Continental convertible with suicide doors while cruising the main drag or heading to the drive in. Without further ado, here are the top five land yachts of DriveShare.
Look At That Cadillac
A new addition to the Collector Car Vault, this 18.5 foot long 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special boasts a name nearly as long as the car itself. It’s outfitted with almost every available option like air-conditioning, heavy duty rear differential, power steering, brakes, seats, locks and windows. It runs on a numbers-matching 6.4-liter 390-ci V-8 making 325-hp. The Hydra-Matic transmission puts the power to the wheels. The exterior is finished in factory-correct San Remo Turquoise and features a matching interior. With chrome in all the right places and tailfins you can see for a mile, this is one land yacht that you need to board.
As Big as a Buick
With a name used for 46 years, the Buick Lasabre was definitely a household name in its time. The first two generations of the Lasabre were available in six different body options, so they pretty much had a model to fit all needs, from a two-door convertible to a spacious four-door station wagon fit for the whole family. This ‘75 model is a whopping 18.8 feet long. It came standard with a 5.7-liter 350-ci V-8 and had the option of receiving a 7.5-liter 455-ci V-8, both fitted with four-barrel carburetors. Regardless of what Lasabre you choose, you’ll know that you’re getting behind the wheel of one of the ultimate cruisers that was ever built.
The Car That Wears the Crown
Though not as common as the rest, the Imperial Crown is more than worthy enough to grace this hand-picked list of land yachts. In fact, it’s the longest car on this list at 18.9 feet. Beginning in 1955, Chrysler launched the Imperial line to rival Lincoln and Cadillac as they dominated the luxury car market. It has been said that the ‘63 Crown was the quietest riding car available at the time and was fit for a king. The luxurious leather interior, power steering, windows, and seats were standard. An engine not spoken of much nowadays lays under the hood, a 413-ci Wedge V-8, and depending on what carburetor configuration was ordered, it could make up to 390-hp and over 500 lb-ft of torque from the factory. How would you like to float down the road with your family on your next weekend voyage?
One Fine Ford
Fresh out of a recent restoration, this 1972 Ford LTD is ready to hit the road. Drop the convertible top, buckle up, turn the key, and you’re set to have a drive that you’ll never forget. This LTD is not like the rest: The owner states it has every option available and was built with the favored 429-ci V-8. All the right features like air conditioning, tilt steering column, and cruise control give you the comforts of a modern car in a stretched out 18.6-foot long classic. The black exterior contrasts the gorgeous red leather interior and is really a sight to see. It’s not just a comfortable weekend cruiser, it’s also a great canvas for photoshoots.
Luxury From Lincoln
Ah, the epitome of land yachts, the four-door Lincoln Continental. A vehicle reserved for celebrities and the elite, with owners such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and notoriously John F. Kennedy. While two-door hardtops and convertibles where also available, the four-door third generation is considered to be the holy grail by many and is sought after mainly for its suicide doors. In 1963, a 430-ci 7.0-liter V-8 was the only engine available and was shared with the Mark V. Also for ‘63, the Continental’s rear legroom increased as well as luggage space. Have you ever dreamed of riding in style like The King once did?