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.
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 drives perhaps the most appropriate car for a fabulously former president residing in Texas: the Ford F-150 King Ranch.
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.
The Elder Bush's first car when he went to Texas was, famously, a red 1947 Studebaker.
A lot of people remember meeting Jimmy Carter. Apparently, the specifics of the vehicles he drove were a bit less memorable.
Biden, his time.
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 owned a 1950 Oldsmobile 98, an everyman's car he referenced during the famed "Checkers" speech of 1952 that saved his political career.
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.
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 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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