U.S. Presidents and their cars

U.S. Presidents and their cars

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.

Which “car guy” presidents did we miss?


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  • Dean Prevolos
    February 19, 2018, 3:35 PM

    I believe Vice President Joe Biden has a 63 or 66 Corvette from new.

  • Joe
    February 19, 2018, 3:46 PM

    Are these the actual cars that the Presidents drove? I don’t think so. Truman was a Chrysler fan. What a lousy article, just filling space..

    • Andy@Joe
      February 19, 2018, 4:37 PM

      Joe, you are correct. Very sloppy journalism, incorrect info, and good info left out. See my post

  • Curt
    February 19, 2018, 3:52 PM

    46 not 49 Ford Club Cpe !
    We had a black ’50 Olds 98 back in the early 1950s, great car.
    And in ’62, I got a ride into the water at So Cal’s Hansen Dam. Interesting.
    Thanks for this.

    February 19, 2018, 3:59 PM


  • Andy
    February 19, 2018, 4:14 PM

    A couple of comments. JFK never had a 61 Thunderbird, at least not as his personal car. He drove a 61 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible and had a preference for those cars. Likewise LBJ had a series of Lincoln four-door convertible’s with skid plates so he could drive them around his ranch without tearing up the underside.