Barring a military coup d’etat like they have in other countries, the U.S. will have selected a new president in November. Whoever that ends up being, this will be their ride. Meet the development mule for the next presidential limo.
With a new presidential limo contract soon to be awarded, it's probably a good time to look at the current terrible limo. Like America's foreign policy at the time of its introduction, "The Beast" was a clumsy solution to a delicate set of priorities that caused more problems that it solved.
[How thick are the doors on Obama's everything-proof limo, The Beast? Like, hella thick, bro. Photo taken at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the Hague by Getty Images]
Cadillac has done well despite some minor issues, but it's time for somebody else to build the successor to the Beast, and we think these ten brands would do the best job.
The Beast is now five years old and due for a replacement. Since President Obama's eventual successor can't just roll around in any random old hooptie, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking automaker bids to make a new one. Who wants in?
You would not be blamed for assuming the Lincoln Continental used by President Kennedy on that horrible day 50 years ago was immediately retired. You would, however, be wrong. The Lincoln that saw the assassination of one leader and the near death of another remained in service. Why?
Thanks to the events of November 22, 1963 in Dallas, we don't put U.S. presidents in convertibles anymore. But the black 1961 Lincoln Continental presidential limousine was actually the second convertible President John F. Kennedy rode in when he arrived in Texas. Now you can own the first.
Wanted: Experienced automaker who can build a new armored limousine for a high-ranking VIP. Must be able to willing to partake in live fire exercises. Discretion a must.
Don’t you just hate the French sometimes? To top all those ludicrous meals and silk scarves, their presidents used to ride in a drop-top Citroën SM.
Ever wonder what Joseph Stalin drove, or more accurately, was driven in? How about one of 32 completely armored Likhachov-built ZIS-115's. It's 19.6 feet long, weighs 9,435 lbs and gets 8.5MPG. Some tyrants are more equal than others.
We didn't know it was the Secret Service's job to clean Cadillac One, but an agent's shining this older limo for the same reason the Yankees always win; the other team can't stop looking at the pinstripes. Yeah, didn't work.
And yes, in at least one of the Chevy Suburbans following "Cadillac One" has a Gatling gun. Don't get in the way of that bowtied SUV.
President-Elect Barack Obama's getting a new Cadillac Limousine in time for his inauguration on January 20th. Here are the first official photos. The new limo's a rolling symbol of the President's power and GM's marketing.
UPDATE: Obama's New Cadillac Limo Officially Unveiled!
With a new president set to take the office, GM is working on a new version of "Cadillac One" for President-Elect Barack Obama — and it's a monster. According to our sources, the new President's state car may look like a stretched Cadillac DTS but is actually…
If you're like us, you're working on President's Day (what would Taft think?). While there is much of the presidential life that interests us, we're most consumed with the thought of the massive transportation fleet at your disposal: planes, boats, helicopters and cars... oh so many cars. Presidential limousines have…