In honor of President’s Day yesterday, here is a list of the top 5 cars owned by U.S. presidents. To see the full list, check out the article on cars.com.
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939 Packard 12
This 12-cylinder Packard was such a unique piece of technology that Roosevelt said he couldn’t do without it. The car currently resides in Toyota’s Automobile Museum in Japan. This image is of the car being delivered to the White House in 1939.
4. Lyndon B. Johnson, Amphicar
It’s easy to see why this rare German car built in the 1960s was a favorite of Johnson’s. Johnson owned an interesting array of cars, including a Jolly 500 Ghia made by Fiat along with his more recognizable Lincoln Continental.
3. Ronald Reagan, Subaru Brat
Reagan is famously known as an actor-turned-politician, but in the late 1970s he secretly drove a Subaru Brat test car around his California ranch and sent progress reports to the automaker. It had to be hush-hush because political sentiment of the day toward Japanese car-makers was confrontational, to say the least.
2. Bill Clinton, 1967 Ford Mustang
The first baby boomer president owned the most iconic car of that generation, a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. The car didn’t leave the president’s driveway from soon after college until he became president. During his presidency, he was allowed to drive it briefly at a celebration of the car’s 30th anniversary in 1994. The 250 feet covered was the longest distance a sitting U.S. President has driven their own vehicle.
1. Harry Truman, 1953 Chrysler New Yorker
Truman takes the top spot with his 1953 Chrysler New Yorker. Truman and his wife drove this car on a well-documented road trip after his presidency. The former president and first lady drove 2,500 miles from their home in Missouri to the East Coast and back again.
‘The Beast’ Cadillac Limousine
We had to add in one of our personal favorites. With enough armor to stop an RPG and a price tag of $300,000, the President’s vehicle is a very resilient ride. It’s so armored-up and filled with gear, agents call it The Beast. According to the manufacturer, General Motors, the 2009 presidential limousine, based on the Cadillac DTS, is the first not to carry a specific model name.