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Media post: All About Presidential State Limousines

Early presidential limousines were mildly-modified Cadillacs and Lincolns but today’s presidential limousines are so heavily modified that only a tiny fraction of each vehicle comes from a car manufacturer. The rest is custom made by military contractors and other authorized suppliers. With the assistance of, we put together an interesting list of presidential limo facts.

  • There are no keys or keyholes on the presidential limo. The Secret Service agents in are the only people who know how to open it.
  • It is 18 feet long and weighs an astonishing 14,000 lbs. By comparison, standard automobiles weigh in the 3000 to 4000 range.
  • Naturally, the presidential limousine has glass that is a multi-laminated matrix of glass and plastic and is a full 5 inches thick.
  • At all times, two pints of blood in the President’s type are inside the vehicle.
  • The present presidential limo has multiple rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a massive tear gas cannon under the hood.
  • A specially modified Chevrolet Suburban with a machine gun capable of firing 4,000 rounds per minute rides in the Presidential Motorcade.
  • The Limo goes everywhere the President goes. If the president goes to an international destination, the limo is often flown there by a massive C-17 Globemaster.
  • Heavy Kevlar mats line the underbelly of the presidential limo to protect the president and guests from IEDs.
  • The vehicles’ tires are a proprietary design that cannot go flat.
  • The driver’s window is the only window in the vehicle that opens, and it only opens just three inches.
  • The air inside the vehicle is sealed completely from the outside air.
  • The Presidential Limo travels with its own mechanic. This mechanic is an armed federal agent who carries a full set of tools.
  • The limo is equipped with a full complement of outside cameras that display to monitors inside the cabin.
  • As many as 12 Presidential State Cars exist and they are used in rotation.
  • Whenever the President is in the vehicle, his chief security officer is always in the front passenger seat.
  • The driver is highly-trained in evasive driving techniques.
  • The rear seats have reclining and massaging capabilities.
  • When a presidential limo is retired, the Secret Service destroys every part.
  • The motorcade always contains the communications equipment necessary to link the presidential limo directly to the Department of Defense.
  • The Presidential vehicle has a maximum speed of only 60 mph.
  • The Presidential Limo is powered by a supercharged 6.5 liter diesel engine, the same type of engine in a military Humvee.
  • Outside noise is pumped in through speakers inside the limo, This is because the President can’t hear anything outside once he’s inside.
  • Sometimes, there is a decoy. The President may travel in an armored bus referred to as “Ground Force One”.

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