Presidential
Vehicles

See the vehicles that transported 20th-century American presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy.

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Interactive Kiosk—Presidential Vehicles

Explore the Kennedy mystique

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Interactive Kiosk—Presidential Vehicles

Learn why Kennedy’s limousine doesn’t look like the one in the famous news footage from November 22, 1963. Become a true insider in this one-of-a-kind interactive kiosk.

This interactive experience provides the backstory on President John Kennedy’s limo, along with images and videos on the Kennedy’s mystique and legacy.

 

1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by Ronald Reagan

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1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by Ronald Reagan

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1972

Summary

President Ronald Reagan was getting into this car when he was shot by John Hinckley on March 30, 1981. The car carried Reagan to the hospital. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and George H.W. Bush also used this car. In 1982 the front sheet metal was updated, but since a 1982 grille no longer fit properly on the 1972 body, a 1979 grille was used.

Object ID

92.104.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Presidential Vehicles
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1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by Ronald Reagan

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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by John F. Kennedy

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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by John F. Kennedy

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1961

Summary

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in this car on November 22, 1963. The midnight blue, un-armored convertible was rebuilt with a permanent roof, titanium armor plating, and more somber black paint. The limousine returned to the White House and remained in service until 1977. The modified car shows the fundamental ways in which presidential security changed after Kennedy's death.

Object ID

78.4.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Presidential Vehicles
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at Henry Ford Museum in Presidential Vehicles

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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by John F. Kennedy

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1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1950

Summary

This massive convertible Lincoln was built for President Harry S Truman in 1950, but it is most associated with Truman's successor Dwight D. Eisenhower, who used the car from 1952 until 1960. Eisenhower added the distinctive plastic "bubble top." Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson also used this car as a spare until its retirement in 1967.

Object ID

67.74.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division.

Presidential Vehicles
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at Henry Ford Museum in Presidential Vehicles

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1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1939 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1939 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1939

Summary

This was the first car built expressly for presidential use. It was nicknamed the "Sunshine Special" because President Franklin Roosevelt loved to ride in it with the top down. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 the car was returned to the factory where it was equipped with armor plate and bullet-resistant tires and gas tank. The "Sunshine Special" was retired in 1950.

Object ID

50.11.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division.

Presidential Vehicles
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at Henry Ford Museum in Presidential Vehicles

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1939 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt's Brougham, 1902

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Theodore Roosevelt's Brougham, 1902

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Artifact

Brougham (Carriage)

Date Made

1902

Summary

This elegant vehicle was used by President Theodore Roosevelt on official occasions. Though automobiles began to replace horse-drawn vehicles during the Taft administration, the White House housekeeping department continued using the brougham to haul groceries and run other errands. In 1928 a Model A Ford was acquired for that purpose and this carriage was retired.

Creators

Unknown 

Place of Creation

United Kingdom, England 

Object ID

32.372.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Presidential Vehicles
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at Henry Ford Museum in Presidential Vehicles

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thehenryford.org

Theodore Roosevelt's Brougham, 1902

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Presidential Vehicles

Presidential Touches

Beautiful design and craftsmanship make these vehicles special.  

President Reagan's Limo

On March 30, 1981, President Reagan sought refuge from would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr.’s gunfire in this limo.  

FDR's "Sunshine Special"

This 1939 Lincoln was the first car built specifically for presidential use.  

Eisenhower's Convertible

This Lincoln was built in 1950 for President Truman, but Eisenhower added its distinctive "bubble top."  

President Kennedy's Limousine

JFK was assassinated in this car on November 22, 1963.