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I think Reagan drove a Cadillac, that's my memory, with image link, below, and though i don't remember personally, truman drove a large pretty chrysler, special modifications to the front sometime after delivery, updating car, i've read that somewhere, http://www.blinkx.com/video/limousine-in-mackinaw-bridge-opening-ceremony/ni6rIy5mnyfPTVCqK-Irog

wilson was given a Pierce Arrow when getting ready to leave presidency,

re Reagan, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_assassination_attempt

 

but here's reagan at inauguration in lincoln, nancy in red, http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/large/c64-20.jpg&imgrefurl=http://1600pennave.blogspot.com/&usg=__4vOtPgHCCG_uElAMPdn3xlKGkSQ=&h=498&w=750&sz=82&hl=en&start=16&um=1&tbnid=ZJiJ_Wtvl_QQ_M:&tbnh=94&tbnw=141&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dharding%2Bcoolidge%2Bpresidential%2Bcars%2Binauguration%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den

 

kennedy, lbj, lincoln, lbj had personal white continental that he drove at the ranch; the rest, i don't remember.

truman, eisenhower, kennedy in Lincoln,

http://community.webshots.com/photo/fullsize/1080815804041848704KYIMxx

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Ummm, Zach, first, welcome!! :7 :7

 

Methinks your posts are a bit sketchy. Truman and Reagan didn't "drive," they rode. :*

 

And, the link to Rob Portman's current notoriety is nice, but not helpful to your story. :o

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The day after Eisenhower took office, my partner and his family were driving west on the Penna. Turnpike. They passed a new Chrysler, and at the wheel was Harry Truman, with Bess beside him, on their way home to retirement in Independence. They don't do it like that any more.

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Hoover, Cadillac, at the endo of his administration, image, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/3268085/US-Presidential-Limos-The-History-of-the-Power-Parade.html?image=2

 

see, also, http://larryfire.wordpress.com/2009/01/06/stagecoach-the-presidential-limo/

President Calvin Coolidge used a 1928 Cadillac town car throughout his administration. But the first government-owned vehicle was a Stanley Steamer purchased during President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. The first president to ride in a car in his inauguration was Warren Harding, who rode in a Packard Twin-Six. In 1938, two Cadillac convertibles, dubbed the “Queen Mary” and “Queen Elizabeth,” were purchased by the U.S. government. Named for ocean liners, the 21 1/2 feet, 7,660-pound vehicles were equipped with a full ammunition arsenal, two-way radios and heavy-duty generators. They remained in use until the 1950s. President Dwight Eisenhower got one of the first production 1953 Cadillac Eldorados, which he rode in his first inaugural parade. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn has the largest collection of presidential limousines, including the vehicle that President John F. Kennedy rode in 1963 when he was shot.

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< The day after Eisenhower took office, my partner and his family were driving west on the Penna. Turnpike. They passed a new Chrysler, and at the wheel was Harry Truman, with Bess beside him, on their way home to retirement in Independence. They don't do it like that any more. >

 

Indeed they don't, and maybe not even then.

 

Truman, Bess and Marge may have left DC with HST driving a Chrysler, but there is this report about them arriving by train in KC, MO, just a short distance from Independence. I've seen footage of that, as well.

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Not a limo story but a story about when LBJ left office after Nixon had been sworn in. He took the aircraft that would be called Air Force One if the president had been on it but he was no longer president. He was headed for Texas but stopped at NAS Millington to drop off an aide who was a colonel. A friend of mine named Fred was the duty controller that night and was a very cool guy.

 

The tower closed at 11 PM that night but the airport is always open for emergencies or the ex-president. Presidental courtesy and procedure was followed. After all, LBJ had been president only hours ago.

 

When a junior controller heard that LBJ was inbound he immediately woke up Fred and said the president is coming, what do we do? We have to clear out all the traffic for 30 minutes before and after he arrives and departs. Fred, being calm, cool and collected said, no problem, we haven't had anyone to take off or land for hours; the tower has been closed for 3 hours now.

 

A message was passed from LBJ's plane to not wake the admiral. They were just going to let the colonel off and keep going towards Texas.

Fred thought about this for a moment and came to this conclusion. I am in the Navy. The admiral will be here on duty tomorrow. LBJ is the ex-president and will be at his ranch tomorrow. So, Fred called the admiral who hot footed it out to the airport to say two words to LBJ before he was gone.

 

Best regards,

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