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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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
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