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15 U.S. Presidents and Their Beloved Cars, Presidential Cars

20 U.S. Presidents and Their Beloved Cars, Presidential Cars
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Riding around in a heavily armored vehicle is one of the bonuses of being president of the United States. The presidential state car is nicknamed "the Beast," also called "Cadillac One" or "First Car," and is the official state car.

The vehicle consists of bulletproof windows, state-of-the-art communication and protection systems, a stowable desk, and a gas-proof chamber for defense against gas attacks.

The United States Presidential State Car driver is an experienced agent from the Secret Service. Following is the list of the 15 U.S. Presidents and their official beloved cars, past and present.

5.  Bill Clinton - 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood


William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd president of the United States, used a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood, the longest production car made in the United States at the time.

It is one of the first American front-wheel-drive automobiles to be returned to rear-wheel drive. Fleetwood commercial chassis was used instead of the DeVille for most funeral coaches and limousines produced during 1993-1996.

This was the first Cadillac developed from the ground up for use as a state car. Earlier models have altered production units. It is on display at the Clinton Presidential Library.

1.  Joe Biden - 2018 Cadillac


Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., the current president of the United States, used a 2018 Cadillac still nicknamed "the beast." The car debuted on September 24, 2018, with a presidential trip to New York City.

Road & Track described the state car as "massive and tall" and said it weighs between 15,000–20,000 pounds. To defensive measures developed to safeguard the president, this state car also has stores of blood in the president's type for medical troubles.

The car is hermetically closed against fluid attacks and features run-flat tires, night-vision devices, smoke screens, and oil slicks as defensive actions against assailants.

2. Donald Trump - 2009 Cadillac "Cadillac One"


Donald John Trump, 45th president of the United States, used a 2009 Cadillac, also called "Cadillac One," which was reported to cost between $300,000 and $1,500,000.

The official car had five-inch-thick bulletproof glass than the last model with night vision optics, a tear gas cannon, onboard oxygen tanks, an armored fuel tank filled with foam to prevent explosion, and pump-action shotguns.

3.  Barack Obama -  2005 Cadillac DTS, Ground Force One


Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th president of the United States, used Ground Force One, a Prevost Car, a 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car, and a 2009 Cadillac.

Obama also used a 2009 Cadillac, which escorted the president the two miles down Pennsylvania Avenue from his inauguration to the inaugural parade.

Ground Force One is the unofficial code-name for the black armored buses utilized for the transportation of dignitaries, including presidents.

4.  George W. Bush - 2001 Cadillac de Ville, 2005 Cadillac DTS 


Cadillac de Ville was used as the presidential state car by the 43rd president of the United States, George Walker Bush. He also used a 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car. The car is the nameplate used by Cadillac for over eight generations.

The Cadillac de Ville was developed with Raytheon and used a passive infrared sensor camera mounted behind the vehicle's grille. It used a 4.6 L LD8 Northstar V8 engine, 275 hp at 5750 rpm and 300 lb-ft at 4750 rpm.

6. George H.W. Bush - 1989 Lincoln Town Car


41st president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, used a 1989 Lincoln Town Car, a model line of full-size luxury sedans that was dealt with by the Lincoln division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company.

The Presidential Town Car arrived in 1989 and was the state car for the whole presidency of George H. W. Bush. It was succeeded by a 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood, utilized by his successor, Bill Clinton.

As of 2021, the 1989 Lincoln Town Car is the final Lincoln vehicle to have functioned as a Presidential State Car.

7. Ronald Reagan - 1972 Lincoln Continental, 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham


Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president 1983 of the United States, used 1972 Lincoln Continental and Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.

When President Reagan was getting into the 1972 Lincoln Continental, he was shot by John Hinckley in 1981, according to thehenryford.

The Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was a luxury car manufactured by Cadillac. Cadillac used the "Fleetwood" name as a prefix between 1934 and 1976 but in 1987, the Fleetwood Brougham name was shortened to simply Brougham.

8. Jimmy Carter - 1972 Lincoln Continental


James Earl Carter Jr., the 39th president 1983 of the United States, used the same presidential car as the 38th president of the United States, Gerald Ford, a 1972 Lincoln Continental.

It was involved in the 1975 assassination attempt of President Ford, which is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

9. Gerald Ford - 1972 Lincoln Continental


Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, used the 1972 Lincoln Continental. 

It was ordered as a 1970 model with the 1972 body style and updated later to match the 1977-1979 models. It was involved in the 1981 assassination attempt of President Reagan. 

10. Richard Nixon - 1969 Lincoln Continental


1969 Lincoln Continental was used by the 37th president of the United States, Richard Nixon. The Secret Service obtained two versions of the fourth-generation Lincoln Continental for use as a Presidential state car from 1961 to 1977.

1969 Lincoln Continental limousine roof was created with a sunroof to allow President Nixon to stand in the vehicle to greet crowds in a motorcade.

11.  Lyndon B. Johnson - 1965 Lincoln Continental


1965 Lincoln Continental was used as the Presidential state car by the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson. A more angular blunt wood replaced the convex electric shaver front fascia with an upright flat grille design.

It contained Kelsey-Hayes disc brakes for the front wheels to improve braking ability.

12.  John F. Kennedy - 1961 Lincoln Continental SS-100-X


John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, used the SS-100-X 1961 Lincoln Continental limousine modified by Hess and Eisenhardt of Ohio. 

The car was rebuilt with a permanent roof, armoring, and bulletproof glass following the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

13. Dwight Eisenhower - 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan


1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan was used by the 34th president of the United States, Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower. The White House leased ten Lincoln Cosmopolitans, constructed by the Henney Motor Company for Lincoln and altered by the Hess and Eisenhardt Company.

Nine cars had enclosed bodies, while the tenth was an armored convertible, especially for President Truman. It was 20 feet long, 6.5 feet wide, and weighed 6,500 pounds, 1,700 pounds heavier than a stock Cosmopolitan.

14. Harry Truman - 1942 Lincoln Custom


1942 Lincoln Custom was used by the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman. This car weighed more than 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) and was refitted with a 1946 grill clip after the war for modernization.

Cadillac and Lincoln vied for visibility and prestige by supplying limousines and other extraordinary automobiles to the White House.

15. Franklin D. Roosevelt - 1939 Lincoln K-series Sunshine Special


1939 Lincoln K-series Sunshine Special was used by the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

It contained a twelve-cylinder engine, a four-door convertible originally constructed by Lincoln and was specially adjusted for the president by a specialty coach builder, Brunn & Company, Inc.

it was later nicknamed the Sunshine Special as a reference to its retractable roof and was famously enjoyed by the president

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