Photo Gallery | First Coast Gears: Presidential Rides | Slideshow
For President's Day, First Coast Gears is taking a look at several past presidential rides. Saturday, we'll have a look at President Obama's limo, which the Secret Service calls, "The Beast."
The 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan pictured above is surrounded by mystique. According to General Motors, President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the heavily armored Cadillac that legend has it was originally owned by gangster Al Capone.
Another one of the cars pictured, a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, was ridden in by President Eisenhower, a noted car enthusiast. He rode in one of the first Cadillac Eldorado models ever produced during his 1952 inaugural parade, according to GM.
President Kennedy's best known limo was the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible that he was assassinated in. But he also rode in two modified Cadillacs known as the Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II. The pictured Queen Elizabeth II was equipped with a removable rear plastic top section.
President Ronald Reagan's administration took delivery of a 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine and a Fleetwood Brougham. According to GM, a carefully constructed replica of Reagan's limo was used in the 1993 movie In The Line of Fire, staring Clint Eastwood.
While we focused on Cadillacs today, Lincolns also have a long history of serving presidents. Visit the Henry Ford Museum's presidential limousines page for a look back at Lincoln's history with presidents or try Wikipedia for an overall history of presidential limos.
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