Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Presidential Limousine photo gallery in General Discussion; It probably has nothing to do with policy, but just coincidence, but it seems that Cadillacs are purchased for presidential ...
If only reagans fwb had meaty C pillars like the production sedan, it would have been a super cool car, but IMO the lack of C pillars on the limos looks so wrong.
btw, anyone know what was under the hood of reagans limo? all I've seen in the specs from the 80's was the 140 hp 307 olds, but it had to have more than that. I cant imagine 140hp moving a super armored limo anywhere.
I'd guess Regan's Caddy had either a big block Chevy or big block Cadillac 500 under the hood, built with no consideration for emissions or gas mileage. Most definetly mated to a Turbo400 trans and a beefy 12 or 14 bolt truck rear end.
Pres Reagan's 83 Cad was all Cad powered from what I was told. GM dug up a crate 500 motor that had been lying around, modified it and installed it behind a THM 400 trans. When the car was donated to the Reagan library and museum, I was somewhat acquainted with a guy at the company who had the job to clean it up after the Secret Service removed the highly classified communications gear. He had said the engine wasn't too wild, as it had to idle smoothly, but there was enough punch to make it known that it wasn't a standard 368 Cad (which is what it would've had being a 83 Limousine at the start of its life) or 307 Olds motor.
BTW, the guy I knew at the time (haven't spoken to him in years) told me the company got the car after the Secret Service went through it. The interior was a mess. No one said what was in it, specifically, there were minimal details given, it more or less showed at their bay door.