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Every US Presidential State Car, Ranked

Updated September 13, 2019 363 votes 43 voters 1.4k views18 items

List RulesVote up your favorite presidential limousines and cars.

You might not recognize the president's car without Secret Service agents running alongside it, but here is every car ever used by the President of the United States. From President Donald Trump's 2018 Cadillac (a modified version of President Barack Obama's "The Beast") to William H. Taft's 1911 White Motor Company Steam Car, the first president to adopt the use of a car, the presidential state cars have gone through different looks and customizations. With so many innovations and modifications, the president's cars are another distinguishable facet to their tenure in the Oval Office.   

Due to their precious passengers, the vehicles are heavily armored, but that does not take away from their luxurious looks. But which one of these presidential cars is the best? You get to help decide. Vote up your favorite cars that presidents have used in their presidential motorcades throughout the decades. 

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    1939 Lincoln K-Series (Sunshine Special)

    In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received the gift of a 1939 Lincoln V12 convertible. He affectionately named the car the Sunshine Special. It was so named because the top could come down, and Roosevelt loved feeling the breeze. It is noteworthy for being the first presidential car to be leased instead of bought. It was purchased for $4,950 although the original price of the car was over $8,000. 

    In 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the car was heavily modified with more armor, a radio transceiver, and even a compartment for submachine guns. 

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    1972 Lincoln Continental

    The trend of Lincoln Continentals continued into the 1970s when a modified Lincoln Continental was delivered to the White House in 1974. It featured a 214-horsepower V8 engine, and it came with external microphones so that occupants could hear everything outside. The car was leased to the White House for $5,000 a year. Used by President Jimmy Carter, the car is most noteworthy for being the vehicle involved in the assassination attempts of President Gerald Ford and President Ronald Reagan. The car is currently on display at the Henry Ford Museum. 

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    1928 Cadillac Town Car

    Calvin Coolidge used a 1928 Cadillac Town Car late into his administration. It came with a 90-horsepower engine and dual-plane crankshaft. These cars originally sold for around $4,000. 

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    1983 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

    Used by President Reagan during the 1980s, the presidential state car was three inches longer than a standard Fleetwood at the time, and it was outfitted with bulletproof glass and armor. The vehicle had oversized wheels to compensate for the extra weight from the armor.

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