These days the man we once knew as Trump, now President Trump has only one car, the presidential limo, otherwise known as The Beast. Well, there may be two dozen cars that look like The Beast, but President Trump can only ride in one of them at a time.
Not unlike the man’s former life, the president is only allowed to be a passenger. Anything else would be a risk to national security.
Where exactly these cars are today is beyond this writer, but at some point in his life, President Trump enjoyed the smooth lines of these prestige cars. He was once a man who liked to collect cars, so we can assume a few of them he’s parked in the garage for further use.
Some, like the Diablo, we know he sold. As stand alone cars, I’d take the privilege of a spin in any of these.
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
Produced by Rolls-Royce from ’55 to ’66, the Silver Cloud was a limited production car.
The one owned by President Trump was the body-on-frame version from ’56, the Silver Cloud I. Ironically, his was maroon, not silver.
It had a 4.9 liter six cylinder engine, which cranked 155 horses. The max speed was almost 103 miles per hour, not bad for a car weighing 2.16 tons.
As the legend goes, one of Trump’s first cars was a Rolls. The Silver Cloud was a sentimental addition to his collection.
One can only imagine the value of that car today.
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
A jointly-produced vehicle between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the 2003 SLR Mclaren comes in coupe and roadster versions.
At the curb, it weighs just under 3,900 pounds, this despite the carbon fiber exterior parts.
The engine is a hand built 5.439 V8, which compresses the driver into the seat with 617 torquey horses. The build for the McLaren puts the engine back about a yard from the production model SLR to optimize the weight.
For the man formerly known as Trump, he considered this sexy Merc a mandated piece of property for any billionaire.
2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom
This was the 7th generation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, launched in 2003. You could buy your own for around $500,000.
There was a time when sightings of the man in his Phantom was regular in New York. It’s understandable. This flagship for Rolls had me at “pushbutton rear doors.”
The V12 eight-speed automatic is 453 horsepower engine off the line. It will do 60 MPH in under six seconds, which is fast for a big car, all to the tune of a whisper, of course.
All that speed seems for naught, baked into a car they designed for riding, not driving.
2011 Chevy Camaro Pace Car
The official pace car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500, Chevy produced 500 replicas of this Camaro. This white Camaro with the orange stripe had 400-hp V8, with a six-speed transmission.
They almost allowed Donald Trump to drive one of them on the track in 2011.
Historically, the Indy 500 had a reputation for allowing celebrities to do a lap in the pace car. At the time, Trump was a star with The Apprentice TV show.
Unfortunately, Trump was too busy to do the gig, so he bowed out. That didn’t stop Trump from buying his own pace car to do laps in the driveway.
1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT
What can one buy from Lamborghini for $460,000? Why, an electric blue Diablo VT, of course.
The VT came out in 1993. If you were a teenager at the time, there’s a good chance you had a poster of this car with its switchblade doors in the up position on your wall.
It boasted a 5.7 liter, 485-hp V12 under the hood. That was a lotta horsies in ’93.
Trump bought his in ’96, then sold it but not before slapping his brand on the doors. It reads: Donald Trump Diablo 1997.
My money says each of these cars is long gone. I’m guessing President Trump sold them long before the primaries, all but the Silver Cloud.
It will be a few year before we see him tooling around Manhattan in anything soon. What may be more interesting is to see what he does with the presidential limo.