New limousine delivered to Clinton

April 22, 1994|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON -- What a car week for President Clinton! On Sunday, he was reunited with his beloved '67 Mustang convertible. And yesterday, he accepted a new Cadillac presidential limousine at the White House.

Cadillac General Manager John Grettenberger handed the gold keys for the black armored car to Mr. Clinton in a brief ceremony near the South Lawn, and the president said he wished he could take the fancy tank-on-wheels out for a spin.

Neither Cadillac nor the Secret Service would release the car's "sticker price," but it reportedly cost about $600,000. A regular Fleetwood Brougham costs $33,990. A contract for three presidential Cadillac limos was awarded after competitive bidding in the fall of 1990.

The presidential limos took 24 months to design and build at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich. The cars are 22.5 feet long, about 45 inches longer than usual Broughams. They have V-8 engines and four-speed automatic transmissions and use regular unleaded gasoline.

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