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Wednesday, 05 August 2020 16:58

On the Lighter Side: Old Presidential Cars are Destroyed by Explosives to Preserve their Secrets

Written by Andrew Pourciaux, The Vintage News

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What happens to presidential cars when they’re decommissioned? When it finally runs out of value for anyone?


Oftentimes, they’re thrown into junkyards to be scrapped for parts, or better yet sold to a gearhead who’s savvy with restoration efforts. For the most part, they are cast aside and forgotten. But what about the President of the United States’ car? What happens to it when it’s decommissioned?


Throughout the years, presidential vehicles have only increased in their efficiency in avoiding being destroyed by hostile threats. The traditional use of a presidential vehicle began when President Taft purchased four cars and modified the White House so that it would have a garage.

 

1. Taft Motor Car

 

Taft’s 1911 White Steamer


Previous presidents had always been transported by horse-drawn carriages. However, the vehicles weren’t special in any way, they were susceptible to bullets and explosives the same way any other car was. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s car, a convertible known as the Sunshine Special, was specifically modified after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1942 to include bulletproof glass and armored plating. There was even a slot built for a submachine gun to be able to fit in, for the purpose of defending the president.


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