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Ronald Reagan - 1986 Cadillac Presidential Limousine

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981 to 1989. Prior to that, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975 and a radio, film and television actor. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed "Reaganomics", advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, and ordered an invasion of Grenada. He was reelected in a landslide in 1984, proclaiming that it was "Morning in America". His second term was primarily marked by foreign matters, such as the ending of the Cold War, the 1986 bombing of Libya, and the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair. Publicly describing the Soviet Union as an "evil empire", he supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of detente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR.

Richard M. Nixon - 1969 Lincoln Lehman Peterson Limo used by Congressmen and Dignataries- also used in the movie "Nixon"

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Nixon was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and to the Senate in 1950. His pursuit of the Hiss Case established his reputation as a leading anti-communist, and elevated him to national prominence. He was the running mate of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 1952 election. Nixon served for eight years as vice president. He waged an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1960, narrowly losing to John F. Kennedy, and lost a race for Governor of California in 1962. In 1968, he ran again for the presidency and was elected.

 
  

 
  
Ulysses S. Grant - 1865 Studebaker Landau Carriage

Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) following his dominant role in the second half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and effectively ended the war with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. As president he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery; he effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan in 1871. His reputation was marred by his repeated defense of corrupt appointees, and by the deep economic depression (called the "Panic of 1873") that dominated his second term. Although his Republican Party split in 1872 with reformers denouncing him, Grant was easily reelected. By 1874 the opposition was gaining strength and as he left the White House in March 1877, conservative white Southerners, as federal troops were withdrawn, regained control of every state in the South and Reconstruction ended on a note of failure as the civil rights of blacks were not secure.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1938 Cadillac Limousine
Secret Service Car

This car was built specifically for the Secret Service and the President of the United States. It was stretched to 21 feet long, equipped with siren, flag staffs, pistol holders, built-in gun rack, and wide running boards to carry six secret service agents outside. This car was also used by Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades. With the bouncy popular song "Happy Days Are Here Again" as his campaign theme, FDR defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression. energized by his personal victory over paralytic illness, FDR's unfailing optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit. He worked closely with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Germany and Japan in World War II, but died just as victory was in sight.

 
       

 
     
Harry S. Truman - 1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). As President Franklin D. Roosevelt's third vice president and the 34th Vice President of the United States (1945), he succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when President Roosevelt died less than three months after beginning his unprecedented fourth term.

Truman's presidency was eventful in foreign affairs, with the defeat of Nazi Germany and his decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan, the founding of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, the beginning of the Cold War, the Berlin Airlift, the creation of NATO, the Chinese Civil War, and the Korean War. Corruption in Truman's administration, which was linked to certain members in the cabinet and senior White House staff, was a central issue in the 1952 presidential campaign and helped cause Adlai Stevenson, Truman's successor for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, to lose to Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election.

Truman, in sharp contrast to the imperious Roosevelt who kept personal control of all major decisions, was a folksy, unassuming president who relied on his cabinet. He popularized such phrases as "The buck stops here" and "If you can't stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen." His approval ratings in the polls started out very high, then steadily sank until he was one of the most unpopular men to leave the White House. Popular and scholarly assessments of his presidency eventually became more positive after his retirement from politics. Truman's legendary upset victory in 1948 over Thomas E. Dewey is routinely invoked by underdog presidential candidates.
Dwight D. Eisenhower - 1962 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He had previously been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II, and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45, from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.

 
 

 
  
Lyndon B. Johnson - 1965 Lincoln Lehman Peterson Limousine

Former President Lincoln Lyndon B. Johnson's personal limousine is a custom built 1965 Lehman -Peterson Lincoln Continental that once transported LBJ and important people to various destinations. Built especially for heads of state, it is similar to the limousine that transported President John F. Kennedy on that fateful day ov Nov. 22, 1963.

The LBJ limo features many custom items including writing console, tv, two bars, two stereos, two air conditioners and special reading lights. It's most unusual feature is the interior, done in blue plaid fabric. President Johnson was extremely fond of the blue plaid and this was carried out even in his limousine. The exterior of the car is a brilliant black laquer and quite austere, until the door is opened revealing the bright blue plaid interior, obviously designed to make the president and his passengers feel right at home. This impressive automobile is over 22-feet long. President Lyndon B. Johnson's term in office was from November 1963 to November 1968
Franklin D. Roosevelt - 1939 Ford Secret Service Car

Official car #209, a 1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Sedan, was recieved by the United States Secret Service from the Ford Motor Company on March 21st, 1939. It was assigned, on the same date, to the White House detail for use in Presidential Protection and remained in service until April, 1947. This car is equipped with special hand grips on the windshied and back of front seat for the specific use of the Secret Service. It was also equipped with a large generator, wich was special at that time, to handle the additional output required by the use of the short wave radio. The right side of windshield was modified to permit it opening outward in order to facilitate the use of pistols and other weapons by the agents. It is possible that President Roosevelt may have used this car on trips from the library or to the house or cottage. The last official Secret Service order for this car was a follow-up on trip made by President Truman to Pohick Church on U.S. Route #1, near Gunston Hall, Virginia.

 
     

 
  
Calvin Coolidge - 1923 Lincoln

John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His conduct during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative, and also as a man who said very little.
John F. Kennedy
1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible

This 1962 Lincoln Continental Convertible, was used to visit troops at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Nov. 1962 during the Cuban missle crisis. In October 1962, an American U-2 spy plane secretly photographed nuclear missile sites being built by the Soviet Union on the island of Cuba. President Kennedy did not want the Soviet Union and Cuba to know that he had discovered the missiles. He met in secret with his advisors for several days to discuss the problem.

After many long and difficult meetings, Kennedy decided to place a naval blockade, or a ring of ships, around Cuba. The aim of this "quarantine," as he called it, was to prevent the Soviets from bringing in more military supplies. He demanded the removal of the missiles already there and the destruction of the sites. On October 22, President Kennedy spoke to the nation about the crisis in a televised address.

No one was sure how Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev would respond to the naval blockade and U.S. demands. But the leaders of both superpowers recognized the devastating possibility of a nuclear war and publicly agreed to a deal in which the Soviets would dismantle the weapon sites in exchange for a pledge from the United States not to invade Cuba.

 
   

 
  
1955 Cadillac 75 Limousine Used By President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and General who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO.

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