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Monday, July 1, 2013

5 cars of the U.S. President

After some time ago we already discussed some of the cars that once used by the first President of Indonesia. On this occasion we will discuss about the cars that have been used by the President of the United States.

The car is usual used by the President of the United States is usually called the Presidential State Car. Since the late 1930s, the U.S. government assigned several automotive companies to create vehicles specifically for mobility support of the president. Each of the presidential vehicle vary much with the car in general, like a super advanced communications equipment, bulletproof coated car body, in terms of comfort is taken into account, and so on.

The vehicles types are generally modified to be used by the President of the United States including Chevrolet Kodiak, Cadillac badge-limousine, and Cadillac One (Limo One). The seating capacity inside is prepared for seven people. All presidential vehicles come with night vision device and in its trunk there are five communication antennas, and two of which are used for the flag. When the U.S. President visits abroad, usually the Presidential car was flown to the destination country. Here we summarize some of the vehicles that have been used by several U.S. Presidents:

5. 1909 White Touring Model M
This is the first operational car for President William Howard Taft when he was in 1909-1913 presidential period. In 1909, President William H. Taft ordered two car companies, Pierce-Arrows and White Motor Company, making cars for the state event.
1909 White Model M Touring Presidential. (Picture from: http://www.favcars.com/)
President Taft and His family in their White Steamer. (Picture from: http://www.whitehousehistory.org/)
Then, President Taft selected the White Motor Company to created a steam-powered car, after it proved to be a true car of the president's favorite vehicle. The steam car with a 40 hp engine specifications with 7 passengers and the last car was built in January 1911.

4. 1919 Pierce Arrow "Series 15"
Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company is an automobile manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York made the car which was used by President Woodrow Wilson, who served for the period 1913-1921, as well as a status symbol at that time because many Hollywood artists used.
The 1919 Pierce-Arrow Presidential Limousine. (Picture from: http://www.autoweek.com/)
Failure to create a car with steam power in 1900 has turned the making by building single-cylinder car with two speeds. The first car in the series has a typical visible on the exterior, such as moving lights from the usual to the side of the radiator.

3. 1939 Lincoln K model
The car is also know as "Lincoln Sunshine Special" was first formally used by the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Touted as the first car made in accordance with the personality of the president.

The vehicle had convertible roof, hence the reasoning for the car's nickname. The car quickly became known as a favorite of the president.
1939 Lincoln Sunshine Special. (Picture from: http://all-carz.com/)
Other specifications such as a V12 L-head and 414 cubic inch engine that can get the highest power of the 150 HP equipped with sirens, lights, 2 way radios and extra wide edge footing to stand security officers.

2. 1961 Lincoln Continental "Model 74A"
The car that was originally painted with midnight blue color and made handmade using 430 cubic inch engine that can generate power of 350 HP. The wheelbase was extended from the stock 133 to 156 inches, with the additional length added betweens Being the forehead and rear doors and just beyond the rear doors.

An open car, the Lincoln was equipped with an assortment of tops, Including a snap-together bubble top, a black cover for the bubble, a formal rear top and a stainless-steel forward section Were All which none of bulletproof. It aussi featured two-way radio telephones and retractable steps and agents grab-handles for Secret Service.
The Kennedy limousine, a 1961 Lincoln Continental, AKA Secret Service code name X-100, is shown on display at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. (Picture from: http://thechronicleherald.ca/)
When the assassination of President John F. Kennedy occurs in Dallas, Texas in 1963, at that time the president is using this car. After the incident, midnight blue color is no longer used by the presidential car. Presidential car color should always be black now. Despite the tragedy, this type of car is actually designed by a Secret Service agent to be done by the Ford Motor Company and Hess & Eisenhardt. The car is now stored in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.

1. 2009 Cadillac One
On January 20th, 2009, Cadillac introduced the new Presidential State Car which is used by President Barack Obama. This car replaces the 2004 Cadillac DTS Presidential Limousine.

The car which is unofficially known as Cadillac One, Caddy One, or the First Limo, and nicknamed "The Beast," it is the first Presidential car to not have a model name. This is probably because the Cadillac One is a combination of a few different models.
2009 Cadillac One or The Presidential State Car. (PIcture from: http://amazingtechproducts.com/)
The car is built on a GMC truck frame with a Cadillac limousine body. Many details are classified for security reasons, but the information that was released give us an idea of what this car has.
Cadillac One, the car that think it's a tank. (PIcture from: http://amazingtechproducts.com/)
It is basically a tank trapped in the body of a car. The technology used in this car is amazing and is focused towards one purpose: protect the president. The Cadillac One is very good at this task.(Known better about 'The Beast'). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RESA HIDAYAT NP. | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 28062013]
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