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Vintage presidential limousines aren't as tough to find as you think. We rounded up a few of them to see how White House cars have changed over the years.
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Boston Ma Limo PresentsThe most interesting thing about presidential limos is that they’re built on the assumption that most people want to see you, but a few people want to kill you. Or at least that’s how the more recent limos are. Eisenhower’s Chrysler Imperial was a beautiful open-topped voyeuristic paradise, but then everybody liked Ike. Nixon’s limo was a rolling fortress. What’s that say about the two men? Who knows?
In honor of President’s Day, we dug around in various collections across the country to investigate the limos of the presidents. First, we went to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, which has three U.S. presidential executive transports that covered eras from FDR to Richard Milhous. The three, along with cars of other dignitaries, or war criminals in some cases, were lined up in the basement of the museum, an area known as The Vault. The Vault is pretty cool and worth paying the extra 20 bucks to tour if you’re ever in Los Angeles and have an afternoon free.
Our guide would be everyone’s favorite museum curator, Leslie Kendall, who has been at the place since before it opened 20 years ago and will hopefully remain for another 20. It was Kendall who helped organize one of the museum’s most highly regarded exhibits, “Popes, Presidents and Potentates: Cars of Heads of State” in 2005. While that exhibit covered cars of all global leaders, there was an emphasis on American presidents.