Presidential “Daily Drivers”

John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Ford Thunderbird was even in his inaugural parade.

When U.S. presidents are in office, they’re driven around in a limousine built to be as protective as a tank. Maybe more so. The current model of the president’s super-high-tech limo is nicknamed “The Beast”, and for good reason: it’s heavily armored, with 8″-thick doors, has an advanced fire-fighting system, night-vision cameras, Kevlar-reinforced run-flat tires…you get the idea.

But before they became president, or after they’ve left office, they drive around in their personal cars. Harry Truman had a 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Tudor Sedan, and Dwight Eisenhower had a 1956 Chrysler Imperial. Lyndon Johnson had an early “hybrid”: the Amphicar was part car and part boat! Ronald Reagan drove a 1954 U.S. Army Jeep, and Bill Clinton cruised in his 1967 Mustang Convertible. Not surprising.

And in case you’re wondering, Barack Obama previously owned a Chrysler 300C that he traded-in for a Ford Escape Hybrid Crossover SUV, and Mitt Romney has a 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible, among others.

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