Which presidents were ‘car guys?’
Regardless of your political leanings, you can admit that the president travels in style.
That’s partly out of necessity since being president is a 24-hour job, but we assume it’s also a perk that comes with being the leader of a nation of car lovers.
Roughly half of the Presidents of the United States missed the invention of the automobile, so we’ll never know if Lincoln preferred Lincolns, but we do know which presidents shared a passion for vehicles with performance, style and luxury.
Bill Clinton – 1969 Mustang
Bill Clinton was considered by many to be the first “cool president,” in the modern sense. His preference for Mustangs couldn’t have hurt that image.
Lyndon B. Johnson – 1961 Amphicar
Lyndon B. Johnson was as a known practical joker, and one of his favorite tricks was feigning panic as he drove his Amphicar and its unsuspecting passengers into a lake.
John F. Kennedy – 1961 Thunderbird Convertible
The Kennedy name is commonly associated with style and luxury, and JFK’s Thunderbird is certainly a testament to that.
Ronald Reagan – 1952 Army Jeep
A landmark president deserves a landmark vehicle.
Dwight Eisenhower – 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
Ever the politician, “Ike” chose the Lincoln Cosmopolitan as a way of getting back at GM for denying him a car during his 1948 campaign.
Richard Nixon – 1950 Oldsmobile 98
Nixon claimed to be a typical, middle-class male, and his Oldsmobile 98 was likely a strategic choice to support that image. Does that make him a crook?
Harry S. Truman – 1946 Ford Deluxe
Truman rang in a new era with his Ford Super Deluxe. His “Production 1” vehicle was literally the first new car produced after WWII.
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