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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    I agree it's ugly. That's ok though, so is the president.

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    FIRST CADDY MAKES DEBUT IN THE 'CLASSIFIEDS'

    It has a foldaway desktop, reclining rear seats that adjust automatically, and a 10-disc CD player.
    But almost everything else you might be interested in knowing about President Bush's new limo is classified.

    For example, the car, which will be pressed into service for the first time today — for Bush's inaugural parade — has state-of-the-art communications and protection systems.

    But Cadillac, its maker, won't provide any details about them, citing Secret Service orders to keep them, as you might imagine, secret.

    Ditto, how wide or high the limo is, how much it cost to build, how powerful its engine is, how much it weighs and what its fuel mileage is.

    We can tell you, however, that the car can carry six passengers and has a pair of cup-holders in the back seat.

    The car is a hand-built version of the new DTS sedan, Cadillac's largest car, which goes on sale in the fall.

    The consumer model will be formally introduced at the Chicago auto show next month. Cadillac won't discuss price, but the current model sells for about $47,000.

    The jet-black presidential limo has the DTS' egg-crate grille, vertically stacked headlights and LED taillights. High-intensity lights in the front fenders will illuminate the car's U.S. and presidential flags at night.

    The limo comes with a foldaway desktop in the back seat.

    And the rear seats will automatically adjust cushion support when the president changes his position.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    The secret service was still using Carter/Reagan era Cadillacs during the parade today.

    And why doesn't GM supply the Secret Service with Escalades instead of Suburbans?

    It's look much better on TV!

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    perhaps in light of the "reverse surplus" the govt doesnt prefer to look like money-burning privelege-whores



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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    That's a really great point. I think escalades would have definatly made sense. I also wonder why they choose surburbans.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    The Suburbans they use are the HD2500 model. Does the Escalade even make a 3/4 ton series?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SHERIFF
    The Suburbans they use are the HD2500 model. Does the Escalade even make a 3/4 ton series?
    This would be a much easier task than making a bullet/bomb/chemical agent proof limousine. As it'd be a parts bin upgrade and not scratch built.

    But maybe it's best to use older Chevy's, to send the world other messages besides the message of that we have more style than you!

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Cipriano
    Who's Accubuilt? Whoever they are, I believe the answer is no. The previous (and last series) of presidental limos were built internal to GM. The latest version as shown the pictures was also built by GM in cooperation with a contracted supplier internal to GM.
    Accubuilt, parent company that owns Superior, S&S, Eureka, and Miller-Meteor. They're the ones that did the Fleetwood Limited.....ring a bell?

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot
    Accubuilt, parent company that owns Superior, S&S, Eureka, and Miller-Meteor. They're the ones that did the Fleetwood Limited.....ring a bell?

    Sort of. I just never heard of Accubuilt as the parent company of them. In any case, they weren't involved at all with the last series of presidental cars.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    That thing is a deville only in appearence. I doubt it even has a Northstar (too suceptible to EMP effect or other damage). Its probably an old school supercharged big block, all mechanical and no engine computer. Its a custom one off. Sort of like race cars, they only look like the car they represent. Under the shell is a totally different beast.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by CharBroiled
    That thing is a deville only in appearence. I doubt it even has a Northstar (too suceptible to EMP effect or other damage). Its probably an old school supercharged big block, all mechanical and no engine computer. Its a custom one off. Sort of like race cars, they only look like the car they represent. Under the shell is a totally different beast.
    That's a good point about the EMP, it seems like all Presidential vehicles are EMP proof. It's probably got a 502 or 572 big block in it with a carbuerator. You'd need a lot of power to get that leviathan out of danger's way in a hurry.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    Quote Originally Posted by CoupeDevilleRob
    That's a good point about the EMP, it seems like all Presidential vehicles are EMP proof. It's probably got a 502 or 572 big block in it with a carbuerator. You'd need a lot of power to get that leviathan out of danger's way in a hurry.
    Yup, carbs, mechanical or vacuum advance in the distib, old school all mechanical tranny (turbo 400?) with custom protected mechanical linkages, all that. That sucker probably weighs four tons.

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    you can tell something was up with its powertrain ....the whisps of exaust steam coming out of it as it sat idle showed it had true duals and i could tell each pulse of boath banks by the smoke ....it was a deinfate puff-puff-puff-puff ...ususly its pretty steady stream on most new cars

    ive heard these are based on 1 ton pickup frames ....

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    Re: Presidential Cadillac

    The only butt ugly portion of it comes from the glass up; all around the front and back are slick, but to make it a rolling bomb shelter required some ug'in'-up is my guess. I like the front; something about the front 3/4 shot belches old school a bit. Should sit lower though... Sounds like we have a few nominations for a stretch Escalade on dub spinners

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