Jerry: There is a certain fascination about The Beast, the Cadillac the President rides around in.
Here is a pretty cool look at the car that travels inside Air Force One all over the world.
Check out this recent article by automotive journalist Terry Box with the Dallas Morning News for more interesting info about POTUS rides.
By: Terry Box, Dallas Morning News
Let’s forget Hillary and The Donald for a minute and focus on what’s really important in presidential politics.
I speak, of course, of the cars they drive.
I can’t tell you what sort of gilded cruiser Trump motors around in because he and I haven’t spoken lately, and I figure the only vehicle Hillary has known for decades is a black Chevy Suburban.
Back when presidents were more interesting, they drove memorable cars, Republicans and Democrats alike.
These were the top 10 coolest cars owned by presidents, as decided by the readers of ClassicCars.com:
- 1. Franklin D. Roosevelt drew the most votes — 24 percent of the total — with his huge, big-fendered 1932 Packard Phaeton. Hardly a car for the people, the Daddy Warbucks Packard was viewed as one of the finest automobiles made. Roosevelt bought a second model, the Twelve, in 1939.
- 2. Republican Herbert Hoover locked down second place with his 1932 Cadillac V-16, an enormous sedan similar in size and style to FDR’s Packard. Hoover motored around in it while some people were living in makeshift shanties. Hoover’s audacious choice of wheels garnered 20 percent of the vote.
- 3. John F. Kennedy, the quintessential new-era Democrat, got third place in the poll with his slick 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a stylish, upscale hardtop that was still, well, a Ford. Kennedy’s car got 17 percent of the vote.
Completing the top 10 were Bill Clinton with his 1976 Mustang convertible (10 percent of the vote); George W. Bush with his 1966 Triumph TR-4 (9 percent); Richard Nixon and his 1950 Oldsmobile 98 (7 percent); Lyndon Johnson and his 1960s-era Amphicar (5 percent); William Howard Taft with his ancient Baker Electric (4 percent); Harry Truman and his 1953 Chrysler sedan (3 percent); and Barack Obama and his 2008 Ford Escape hybrid (1 percent).
By my count, that’s six Democrats and four Republicans.