Chrysler Cars, Minivans, and Trucks Owned by Statesmen

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A number of Chrysler Corporation vehicles have been owned by government leaders and statesmen. While Chrysler has not usually had the benefit of the kind of hype that surrounds the Mustang and Corvette, they have attracted a number of admirable and sensible people who could have any car they wanted.

Heads of Government

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PersonNotable Car(s)Note
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
(U.S., 1933–1945)
Various Plymouths and a DeSoto3
President Barack Obama
(U.S., 2009-2017)
Purchased new 2000 Dodge Neon, then a new Chrysler 300C (as a senator). His first car was a Jeep Cherokee (XJ).  
President John F. Kennedy (U.S., 1961-63)Photographed in a 1961 Plymouth convertible, probably during the late stages of his campaign3
President Harry S Truman
(U.S., 1945-1953)
Chryslers and a Dodge Polara. In 1998, Chrysler finished a restoration of the Trumans’ 1941 Chrysler Royal Club coupe and 1941 Chrysler Windsor sedan (they are at the Truman Library). Truman drove home to Missouri in a 1953 New Yorker; his daughter Margaret went to her wedding in a 1955 New Yorker

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
U.S. President
(1953-61)
Official car was a 1956 Chrysler Imperial; he bought a 1958 Dodge while in office. Also owned a 1940 Chrysler Royal, 1949 Chrysler Windsor, and 1968 Imperial LeBaron. One of his Imperials is in the Imperial Palace car museum in Las Vegas.5
Golda Meir, Israel PM 1970s Dodge Polara or Monaco2
David Ben-Gurion, Israel PM1963 Dodge Polara (in museum) - see Israel1
Admiral Carrero Blanco, Spain PMDodge Dart (was killed by a car bomb in it) 1
President Venustiano Carranza, MexicoDodge Brothers car (was assassinated in it)1
President Quezon, PhilippinesChrysler Airflow (CW, according to Hershey Museum)4
King Christian X, DenmarkChrysler Airflow (CW, according to Hershey Museum)4
President Ronald Reagan, USDodge Ramcharger, Jeep CJ6, other Dodges and Jeeps4

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Presidential Candidates and First Ladies

PersonNotable Car(s)Note
Sen. Bob DoleChrysler LHS or New Yorker4
Gov. Michael Dukakis1974 Plymouth Valiant (no power steering)2
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower1962 Plymouth Valiant; President Eisenhower gave a Chrysler to Mamie’s uncle. 4
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy1960 Imperial Ghia limousine5
Senator, Sec’y of State John KerryChrysler 300M Special (2003); LeBaron convertible4

Other Leading Politicians

PersonNotable Car(s)Note
Jerry Brown, California governor and attorney generalDropped Ronald Reagan’s limo in favor of a plain blue 1974 Plymouth Satellite with a 318 (in his first term) 
Jim Doyle, Wisconsin Governor Chrysler Town & Country4
Governor Jim Douglas
and Doug Racine
In the 2002 election, Gov. Douglas owned a Neon, while challenger Doug Racine owned a Jeep dealership. Douglas won re-election.4
Fiorello La Guardia, NYC MayorChrysler Airflow CW (according to Hershey Museum) 
Harriet Myers,
Supreme Court nominee
Chrysler 300 4
General Colin Powell, Secretary of StateDrove his new 2001 PT Cruiser to the State Department when first appointed4
Pancho Villa Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa assassinated in 1923 while driving a Dodge Brothers car.4
Gov. William WeldJeep Grand Cherokee2
Bobby Kennedy, U.S. Attorney GeneralRed Chrysler convertible3

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