Cars at the Capital

For only the second time in history, cars will be displayed this coming April on the National Mall In Washington D.C. With this year being an election year, what better way to celebrate our country’s rich automotive heritage than with two beloved presidential vehicles? Read on to find out more.


The Historic Vehicle Association is bringing cars to the nation’s capital again in 2016! Beginning April 14th and running through April 26, two presidential vehicles will be on display. From April 14th through the 19th, visitors can see William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car while Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Willys “Jeep” CJ-6 will be on display from April 20th to the 26th. And you’re invited to come check them out.

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Representing a broad chronological span between the two vehicles and presidencies, Taft’s White Steam Car is considered the first official White House vehicle. The White represented the epitome of steam car technology in the early days of the automobile when gasoline power hadn’t quite taken hold of the market. Far simpler and more utilitarian is former president Reagan’s beloved Jeep. Like the man himself, the CJ-6 Jeep is a no-frills, back-to-basics workhorse that saw plenty of action as it trundled through the Reagan’s mountainous California ranch, often with the President himself behind the wheel.


Stay tuned for more about these important links to our automotive past. Both vehicles will be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register for their significance to both American history and the history of the automobile.


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