Saturday, June 22, 2013

VIDEO: The coolest car in the world? Abandoned plane converted into car!

An old Cessna aircraft has been converted into a car in the United StatesWriting about cars is not something I expected with an aviation blog, but here’s an exception. That’s because the car in question was originally a Cessna 310 airplane, which has been converted into a road vehicle in the United States!

How cool is that? Hats off to Jeff Bloch, a US policeman and amateur mechanic, who took the abandoned plane (which is over 50 years old) and gave it a new lease of life.

Check out the video below to watch the plane-turned-car in action. Basically, Jeff and his friends completed the reconfiguration using the chassis of a Toyota minivan for the '24 Hours in LeMons' event in South Carolina, which is an endurance race for used vehicles.

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Known as ‘Cessnoyota’ (hmmmm, not sure about the name), it took home the event’s biggest prize and that success inspired Bloch to legally make the car ‘road worthy’ by adding headlights, indicators and brake lights, plus insurance of course.

It’s hardly a surprise that the vehicle is turning heads whenever it’s taken for a spin. And the best compliment that Jeff has received to date? "One guy said it was the coolest car he had ever seen - and he drove a Ferrari."

Bloch now wants to enter the vehicle into more races, and even plans to drive it across the country with his brother.

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  1. Kennyjet AviationJune 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Hahhaha, coool.

  2. This is amazing.

  3. The LeMons races (read lemons) are a lot of fun. I know some local people who built up a couple of cars to take part.

  4. Great article Robeel. :)

  5. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJune 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Jeff Bloch's car isn't cool but also a head-turner! 

  6. It amazes me that this has made it around the world. This plane (actually a Cessna 310) was on "death row" at the airport that I manage; inherited by the airport after a tenant eviction and we were going to scrap it. Then, one day, this guy shows up on a motorcycle and wants to know if we have any "junk airplanes he could make into a car." Initially I wrote him off as a crackpot but after some discussion he impressed me and a deal was made. He lives nearby and stopped by often, keeping us appraised of his progress. That said, I was still pretty surprised when he showed up with the finished product on a trailer. He has a handful of friends who work with him on these projects and they are all very talented - excellent workmanship and a lot of thought and imagination.

    It is now licensed for street use and he drives it around the neighborhood a good bit, obviously attracting a lot of attention.

    He is already thinking about his next project....neat stuff!!

  7. It would be interesting to see some interior shots of the car. Are any available from anyone?

  8. Chandra KP SinhaJune 24, 2013 at 7:47 PM


  9. This was a superb breakaway from a monotonous monday blues :-)

  10. Venkata Sravani TammavarapuJune 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Awesome idea...!

  11. Very Creative! When does it go into mass production?

  12. Not sure about the spelling of "LEMONS", I drive an Audi Le Mans. Still the coolest car for me has to be Thrust 1 derived from the front end of a Buccaneer fighter/bomber, complete with it's two Spey Rolls Royce engines.

  13. Chinthaka JayasingheJuly 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Very nice...

  14. It didn't fly... :(

  15. Wow! Its amazing to see that the car looked like a airplane. The structure of the body is very nice and just awesome to see. Thank you for sharing this.


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