The personal cars of recent Presidents may surprise you
Many of you may know our current President Barack Obama was driving a Chrysler 300C when he became a candidate in 2008. However his stance on alternative fuels lead him to trade that car in for a Ford Escape Hybrid.
Interestingly, Howard Taft, the first President to drive a horseless carriage tooled about in an Electric Baker, now owned by Jay Leno, 100 years ago.
It seems we have nearly come full circle. Will the next president drive a plug-in car?
Former President George W. Bush has a Ford 250 pickup he mostly drives about his ranch in Texas.
President Bill Clinton drove a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible? He reportedly stated it was the hardest thing to leave behind when he moved to the White House.
President Ronald Reagan, the irrepressible Californian, drove about in a 1952 Army Jeep, Model M-38A1. It was given to him as a birthday present by his wife Nancy for his 61st birthday in 1972.
Richard Nixon drove a staid 1950 Oldsmobile 98. It was referred to in his “Checkers” speech, which was thought to have saved his career when his loyalty was questioned during the Eisenhower administration.
John F. Kennedy drove a 1961 Thunderbird convertible, which was prominently featured in his inaugural parade. The T-bird was the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500 that year.
President Lyndon Johnson was known to have more than one Lincoln convertible from the early ‘60s he drove about his ranch. He loved to play tricks on unsuspecting guests with his Amphicar.
Dwight D. Eisenhower could be seen, from time to time, at the wheel of a 1956 Chrysler Imperial convertible with a large American eagle badge nestled between the symmetrical chrome grills.
During World War II, auto manufacturers turned their production to weapons of war, and when they fired up the assembly lines again in 1945, the first automobile to roll out was a white Ford Super DeLuxe Tudor Sedan, assembled on July 3. It was presented to President Harry Truman from a country grateful the war was over.
Franklin D. Roosevelt owned a 1939 Packard 12, an excellent example of one of the finer touring cars of the day.