Love him or hate him you have to give Donald Trump credit; he is a man who appreciates the finer things in life. He is also a man who loves to go big and make a splash. When you have his type of personality and a 10-digit income to back it up it is a safe bet that you’re not going to be riding around town in a Ford Fiesta or Chevy Spark. As might be expected, he doesn’t drive himself often. He may be a master of the deal but apparently, he doesn’t deal with traffic to well and is by his own assessment not a very good driver. Of course, when your hairspray budget exceeds the GDP of some countries you don’t have to be. So, what kind of cars does Donald Trump drive?
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To say that Donald is a fan of the now BMW owned Rolls-Royce Motor Coach Company is an understatement that borders on British humor. Supposedly one of the first cars that Trump owned was a fifties era Silver Cloud, and he loved the car so much that he later had Rolls build him a new one with the same body style. This has never been confirmed by the company or the man himself, but if true it would make him the only man in the world with 1956 Rolls built in the 1990s. ‘The Don’ must have made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR is one of the favorite cars among Hollywood elite like Kanye West and Jay-Z. Of course, you can’t expect Trump to drive the same car as common millionaires and media moguls. He would have to have something a little more special than the rest. How about an authentic “Sport Leicht Rennsport" built to the original European specifications and without any of those pesky performance robbing emission controls everyone else has to deal with. This rumor is unconfirmed, of course. As we all know, though, what Donald wants he usually gets, and that would include the gold standard of hypercars.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is considered the ultimate luxury sedan. Twenty feet long and weighing 3 tons it delivers remarkable performance. Equipped with 6.75-liter V-12 engine producing a very respectable 453 horsepower and 8-speed automatic transmission the Phantom can go 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds. In 2015 they had a base price of $500,000, but Rolls has a policy of ask, and you shall receive. Knowing Donald Trump's penchant for the extravagant and love of gold, there is really no way to estimate what the cars final price tag might have been.
As with most things surrounding Trump, his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car came with more than just a touch of controversy surrounding it. 2011 was the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. A race considered part of racing's triple crown the biggest spectacle in motorsports. It was also the heyday of Donald Trumps Apprentice television show. Donald was supposed to have been the grand marshal for the race and driving the pace car itself but canceled citing scheduling conflicts. AJ Foyt eventually did the honors on race day, but Donald still got to keep the car.
Even before Trump was POTUS, he was riding in presidential style. Perhaps Donald has watched one too many James Bond movies. His personal 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 came complete with self-sealing gas tank and tires, the ability to withstand small arms fire and explosive devices and a state of the art alarm system. Less you think all that armor turned this luxury sedan into a snail; it has a 6.0-liter V-12 engine pumping out over 500 horsepower and 523 lb. ft. of torque. This massive powerplant is mated to a seven-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. Performance numbers are reportedly 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds flat, and the car tops out at 155 mph. All without spilling the boss’s diet coke.
It is widely acknowledged that Trump, for all his shortcomings in personality, is a devoted family man. Like any proud grandpa, he needs a ride to haul the kids around to their polo matches and board meetings. What refinements have been added to his 2016 Cadillac Escalade are unknown, but it is safe to say this isn’t a standard model like you would find on your local dealer’s lot. At least it is American made though.
Just because Trump is a good sized fellow doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate small cars. It might be fun to watch him try to shoehorn his frame into this Tesla Roadster. It isn’t known when he bought this car, but they were built from 2008 to 2012 and had a limited range of only 200 miles when new. Battery performance has been greatly improved since then, but it isn’t known if Trump has chosen to pony up for the upgrade.
Trump may be a lot of things good and bad, but unappreciative is not one of them. One of the few cars he won’t part with is a Cadillac Allante that was given to him by the manufacturer. They even had it custom painted in his favorite color Gold. Thes cars produced from 1987 until 1993 had Cadillac running gear and frame, but the completed bodies were flown in from Italia making them one of the most expensive to produce cars Cadillac ever built.
OK, we know this isn’t a car, but you have to admit it is a hell of a ride. Built for Trump by fellow reality show star Paul Teutul Sr. The bike is a one of a kind Orange County Chopper bike with some parts made out of pure 24 Karat gold and others just gold plated. Can you say ostentatious? Can you imagine Donald wearing a helmet on top of that hair?
It is unknown how many Cadillac Limousines Trump has owned through the years or how many he currently has. We can imagine though that it has been quite a few from the simple fact that a company like Cadillac doesn’t produce special edition s for every customer and put their name on the packaging. That’s right you can order a Trump Cadillac Limo straight from the company. One has to wonder if the Trump package comes with gold plated everything.
It may seem strange that someone like Trump would actually sell a car they owned. It’s not like he has ever needed the money, but that is exactly what he did with the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo that he owned. The car recently popped up on the news as the person who owned it when Trump announced he bid for the Whitehouse decided to use the excitement to earn a little change. He placed the car complete with Trump badging for sale on eBay. The Trumpghini reportedly brought more than $460,000.
A sure sign that Trump was moving past his playboy days and starting to settle down was when he started trading in his Italian supercars and buying more sensible German models. One of the last of the lot to go was his 2007 Ferrari F430. Considering his reputation behind the wheel and New York traffic it is amazing this car survived long enough to be sold. What a waste of the 490 horses.