The federal holiday is celebrated all over our Nation every third Monday in February. The day of honor and remembrance was originally in behalf of George Washington, falling on his birthday February 22nd. Many of years later “Washington’s Birthday” has developed into a more broad celebration of all of the past Presidents of the United States of America.
In honor of the President’s Day lets remember the character of past presidents and their automotive choices.
William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States running from 1909 to 1913. Taft was the first president to own a car at the White House, where he turned the White House stables into a 4-car garage. His car was a “green” Baker Electric that was considered to be a women’s vehicle of the time for its crank less start and simple maintenance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He purchased a 1939 Packard 12 with a V-12 engine that he had specially modified to fit his personalized needs. He enjoyed riding with a vehicle that has an convertible top or was more open and drove his car to the limits with high speeds.
Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States running from 1945 to 1953. During WWII all production of passenger vehicles had stopped. The first car to be assembled after the war was the 1945 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sudan that was given to Harry S. Truman.
John F. Kennedy
As the 35th President, John F. Kennedy had more of a selection of vehicles in his time. He chose to drive a sleek 1961 T-Bird Convertible. The Thunderbird was the 1961 Indianapolis 500 pace car and gained recognition during the President’s inaugural parade.
Bill Clinton was the 46th President of 1993 to 2001. Clinton was closely associated with the Ford Mustang. He owned a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible.