The open top, steam-driven limousine that took the White House from the horse-and-buggy era into the automobile age is among two vehicles that are being displayed this month at the National Mall in the second “Cars at the Capital” collection.
President Reagan’s Jeep and President Taft’s White Steam Car are Going Down in Automotive History
“Cars at the Capital” features President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car and President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6
It’s got dings and dents. It’s been rolled. It’s neither the first nor the last of its breed, has no particularly special equipment, and is one of thousands like it to roll off an assembly line. But the Historic Vehicle Association saw fit to choose President Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Jeep CJ-6 – even over the pristine CJ-8 that the president also owned – as one of a pair of presidential vehicles to go on the National Register of Historic Vehicles.
Pair of Presidential Cars Joins National Register, Will Be Featured as Cars at the Capital Returns to National Mall
Two more cars are being added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, and they will be on display next month in Washington, D.C., when the Historic Vehicle Association stages its second Cars at the Capital celebration. Both cars selected for registry honors have presidential ties. They are the 1909 White steam car owned by President William Howard Taft and the 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6 owned by President Ronald Reagan.