Presidential Gearheads

Presidential Gearheads
Presidential Gearheads

The President of the United States generally isn’t allowed to drive during or even after their time in office – but that doesn’t mean they can’t love cars and trucks, too. Take a look at some of these presidential automobiles, from before or after their terms:

Lyndon B. Johnson

By all accounts, Lyndon B. Johnson was a gearhead. When he had a break in his busy schedule, he would head to his ranch in Stonewall, Texas where he kept several great vehicles. He enjoyed cruising around the ranch in his Lincoln convertibles, hunting in his 1934 Ford Phaeton, or darting around the property in his little FIAT Jolly Ghia convertible. Johnson was also famous for his Amphicar, the only ever mass-produced amphibious vehicle. He was known for pranking his guests by driving towards a lake and faking brake failure, before hitting the water and harmlessly floating away.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was by all measures a big fan of Jeeps. In 1963, his wife Nancy gifted him with a red 1952 Willys CJ-6 that became one of his most prized possessions, used extensively on his 688-acre ranch in California. Reagan also received a blue 1983 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler from his wife as a surprise; he was frequently photographed in the vehicle while president. The blue Scrambler was used to carry vistors, including visiting dignitaries like Mikhail Gorbachev, around the ranch. The Scrambler had a four-speed manual transmission for a president who liked to do it himself. The Jeep is currently on display at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara.

Bill Clinton

Before he became President Clinton, Bill Clinton drove a blue 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible. The former president apparently loved the car, and was unhappy when the Secret Service prevented him from taking it with him to the White House. Hillary, on the other hand, was able to bring her 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera to the presidential mansion, where it was reportedly hidden away for the entirety of the term. After they moved out, she ended up selling the car to a White House groundskeeper.

George W. Bush

Rumor has it that after graduation, George W. Bush received a Triumph TR4 as a gift from his father, George H.W. Bush, and this was the car he drove around Houston as a young man. Regardless, Dubya’s current ride is a 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch edition, which was featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Bush apparently loves to use the loaded F-150 around the ranch because it’s practical and comfortable, but told Leno that he hasn’t driven a car on a public road since 1993, when he started his run to be Governor of Texas.

Donald Trump

As you’d expect for a man who had almost anything you could ask for before becoming president, Donald Trump has had some pretty great cars. He started off with a 1956 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, which apparently is still one of his favorites. He’s also had a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Diablo, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Tesla Roadster, a Ferrari F430, a custom 1988 Trump Edition Cadillac Limousine, and a 24 carat Gold Chopper motorcycle by Orange County Choppers. Trump has said in interviews that he misses driving his luxury vehicles since becoming president – we would too if we had that collection.