The U.S. Secret Service does not allow the US president to drive ( owned car) on public roads for as long as his mandate lasts. The enormous security risk means that America’s leader will only have to ride in the presidential limousine. Pretty boring!
Despite the urgent need to become the most influential passenger in the backseat in the world, there is nothing in the rules to say that the president can not own private cars. Here are the best personal cars that have been owned by US presidents.
Donald Trump – Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Being extremely rich before becoming a president certainly helps build a good collection of cars. The 45th US president, Donald Trump, had 3.1 billion in 2015, according to Forbes, more than enough for few toys. Trump is famous for his passion for cars, but one of his best purchases is the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This super GT is hammered by cooperation between Mercedes and McLaren, launched in 2003. Its 5.4-liter V8 engine delivers a top speed of 208 mph.
Barack Obama – Chrysler 300C from 2005
Before Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States, he owned the Chrysler 300C. The American sedan is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine under the hood and is in a gray hue. Obama decided to replace this Chrysler for a more environmentally friendly Ford Escape Hybrid before entering the White House. In 2012, the new owner of this Chrysler 300C failed to sell the car, which then climbed from 35,000 to $ 1 million.
George W. Bush – Ford F-150 King Ranch
George Bush grew up in Texas and spent a lot of time at the family ranch, so it’s logical to see him behind the wheel of a pickup truck. The Ford F-150 is good enough to be America’s best-selling and therefore good enough for Mr. Bush. The choice of 43th president falls on the King Ranch model, which has a 5.4-liter V8 engine, plush interior and plenty of chrome. In 2013, this pickup is sold at Barrett-Jackson auction for 300,000 dollars.
Ronald Reagan – Jeep CJ-6 since 1962
Ronald Reagan also had a lot of money, but he loved his killer, Willys CJ-6, which used this ‘Jeep’ around Rancho del Cielo (the Reagan Ranch) – Santa Barbara, CA. It was purchased in 1963 as a Christmas present from Nancy Reagan to her husband.
Richard Nixon – Oldsmobile 98 of 1950
Nixon has used his Oldsmobile as a political tool in an attempt to prove his credibility. While describing his public finances in detail, he notes about Oldsmobile 98 in one of his popular speeches. The car is characterized by its iconic 5-liter Rocket V8 engine.
Gerald R. Ford – Ford Mustang from 1969
Ford by name, Ford by nature. Even in his youth Gerald Ford is attributed to one of the most iconic cars in America. His 1969 Mustang Fastback is just as ambitious as the future president who entered politics after playing American football at Michigan in college.
Bill Clinton – Ford Mustang Cabrio from 1967
Unlike Ford, Clinton bought the classic Mustang to enjoy the sunny days. But he had to give up on his pride and joy by providing himself with the highest place in the White House, something he explicitly points out to be quite difficult. The car is currently in the Arkansas Museum of Automobile.
John F. Kennedy – Ford Thunderbird
JFK so much loved Ford Thunderbird, that not only had one but insisted on 24 units of the model to attend the parade on the occasion of his inauguration.
William Howard Taft – Baker Electric
After ordering the stables at the White House to be turned into a modern car garage, Taft bought the Baker Electric, making him the first president with a car. No other US leader owned a fully electric car.
Lyndon B. Johnson – Amphicar
Undoubtedly this is the most charming and unusual car on this list, owned by the 36th President of the United States. Car-ambbias can be driven both on land and in water, a product of West Germany. From the car, 3878 units were made in the 1960-65 period and are not sold well, as the creators hope. But today, this model is much sought after by the collectors.