These Are the Cool (and Not-So-Cool) Cars Owned by America's Presidents

From Biden's '67 Corvette to Johnson's Amphicar and Reagan's Subaru BRAT.

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In case you've been listening to Taylor Swift's "Folklore" on repeat since last July and lost track of time, you should know that noted Chevrolet Corvette enthusiast Joe Biden defeated Rolls-Royce owner Donald Trump by 306-232 in the electoral college last November. As a result, as of 12:01pm EST on January 20th, 2021, Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States of America.

To commemorate his inauguration, we at the Gear Patrol Motoring Desk are taking a look back at the personal vehicles of the 15 American presidents to hold the office since World War II. It's an eclectic list, including everything from an Amphicar to a Subaru BRAT.

Check out the cars preferred by POTUS-es below.

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Joe Biden

Joe Biden still owns a green 1967 Corvette Stingray he received from his father (who managed car dealerships in Delaware) as a wedding present. Said Corvette was featured on Jay Leno's Garage when Biden was vice president.

Donald Trump
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Longtime man-of-means Donald Trump has owned a range of exclusive cars, including a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo and a 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

Barack Obama
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Barack Obama had a brief sliver of adulthood during which he could afford a new car, but was not yet president.

His collection was very normcore-2000s: his first car was a 2000 Grand Cherokee; he later drove a 2005 Chrysler 300C as a senator, but opted for a more fuel-efficient 2008 Escape Hybrid during his presidential run.

George W. Bush
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George W. Bush drives perhaps the most appropriate car for a fabulously former president residing in Texas: the Ford F-150 King Ranch.

Bill Clinton
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When Bill Clinton became president, he lost access to his 1967 Mustang convertible. It was the underpowered six-cylinder with an automatic transmission...but it looked great.

George Bush
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The Elder Bush's first car when he went to Texas was, famously, a red 1947 Studebaker.

Ronald Reagan
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Ronald Reagan opted for only the finest 4x4 ranch vehicles for his California estate. He owned a 1962 CJ-6 and, while president, a 1983 CJ-8 Scrambler. Amazingly enough, Reagan also owned a Subaru BRAT.

Jimmy Carter
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A lot of people remember meeting Jimmy Carter. Apparently, the specifics of the vehicles he drove were a bit less memorable.

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Biden, his time.

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Gerald Ford
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Gerald Ford famously noted that he was "a Ford, not a Lincoln." Trying to find independent verification for reports that he owned a Ford Mustang proved understandably hard to search...especially since there is a Gerald Ford dealership in Illinois.

His son Steven once traveled west in a doorless Jeep CJ with a motorcycle strapped to the grille, however. And on The Simpsons, Ford drove a nondescript black sedan.

Richard Nixon
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Richard Nixon owned a 1950 Oldsmobile 98, an everyman's car he referenced during the famed "Checkers" speech of 1952 that saved his political career.

Lyndon Johnson
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Lyndon Johnson loved Lincoln Continentals. He also kept an eclectic car collection at his ranch, which included a 1934 Ford Phaeton, a Fiat 500 Jolly and an Amphicar, which he used to prank passengers by pretending to lose control and driving into the lake.

John F. Kennedy
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JFK never lived to see the Mustang, but he was a fan of the Ford Thunderbird. He had both the 1961 and 1963 versions.

Dwight Eisenhower
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Of course, Ike knew his way around a military Jeep. He also rode in a 1953 Cadillac El Dorado during his inauguration, and spent time in the best-looking presidential limousine of all-time.

Harry Truman
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Truman was a loyal Chrysler customer. He owned two 1941 models — a sedan for him and a coupe for his wife — before becoming president. He bought a new 1953 Chrysler when he left office and kept buying them until he died in 1972. His license plate — since retired by the state of Missouri — read "5745," to commemorate V.E. Day.

Franklin Roosevelt
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Franklin Roosevelt lost much of the use of his legs after contracting polio, but he still enjoyed driving. As such, he had his cars — including a 1936 Ford Phaeton — specially modified with hand controls.

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