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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.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S., 1933–1945) owned various Plymouths and a DeSoto, though as a wealthy man, he could easily afford Imperials. (3)FDR Plymouth

President Harry S Truman (U.S., 1945-1953) owned a Dodge Polara, but normally stuck with Chryslers. In 1998, Chrysler restored the Trumans’ 1941 Royal Club coupe and 1941 Windsor sedan (they are at the Truman Library).
Harry Truman and 1970 Chrysler

Truman got a 1953 New Yorker when he returned home to Independence; his daughter Margaret went to her wedding in a 1955 New Yorker. (4) Casey Creason told us that Truman’s 1953 New Yorker and his 1960 Chrysler are both still around.

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President (1953-61), used a 1956 Chrysler Imperial as his official car; he bought a 1958 Dodge while in office. He also owned a 1940 Chrysler Royal, 1949 Chrysler Windsor, and 1968 Imperial LeBaron. One of his cars is in the Las Vegas Imperial Palace car museum.

President Barack Obama (U.S., 2009-17) had a Jeep Cherokee as his first car; he bought a new 2000 Dodge Neon, then, as a senator, a new Chrysler 300C, which he sold shortly before his presidential campaign.

PersonNotable Car(s)
President John F. Kennedy, US Photographed in a 1961 Plymouth convertible, during the late stages of his campaign (3). Reportedly drove a 1962 Dodge Dart owned by one of his brothers (Joe?), two days before he died. (2)
Golda Meir, Israel PM 1970s Dodge Polara or Monaco (2)
David Ben-Gurion, Israel PM 1963 Dodge Polara (in museum) (1)
Admiral Carrero Blanco, Spain PM Dodge Dart (was killed by a car bomb in it) (1)
President Venustiano Carranza, MexicoDodge Brothers car (was assassinated in it) (1)
President Quezon, Philippines Chrysler Airflow (6)
King Christian X, Denmark Chrysler Airflow (6)
President Ronald Reagan, USDodge Ramcharger, Jeep CJ6, other Dodges and Jeeps

Presidential Candidates and First Ladies

Person Notable Car(s)
Sen. Bob DoleChrysler LHS or New Yorker
Gov. Michael Dukakis 1974 Plymouth Valiant (no power steering) (2)
First Lady Mamie Eisenhower1962 Plymouth Valiant; President Eisenhower gave a Chrysler to Mamie’s uncle.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy 1960 Imperial Ghia limousine (4)
Senator/Sec. of State John Kerry Chrysler 300M Special (2003); LeBaron convertible (4)

Other Leading Politicians

Person Notable Car(s)
Jerry Brown, California governor Dropped Ronald Reagan’s limo in favor of a plain blue 1974 Plymouth Satellite with a 318 for his first term.
Jim Doyle, Wisconsin Governor Chrysler Town & Country (4)
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 Mayor Chrysler Airflow CW (6)
Harriet Myers,
Supreme Court nominee
Chrysler 300 (4)
General Colin Powell, Secretary of State Drove his new 2001 PT Cruiser to the State Department
Pancho Villa The Mexican revolutionary was killed in 1923 while driving a Dodge Brothers car.
Gov. William Weld Jeep Grand Cherokee (2)
Bobby Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General Red Chrysler convertible (3)

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