Reality TV show host, “billionaire” real estate mogul, President of the United States, and… car collector? That’s right! We’re going to break down some of Donald Trump’s modern and classic motors! Like a tear gas dispensing getaway-mobile and some wheels that are plated in 24-karat gold! So, let’s take a peek under the hood of the POTUS’s collection!
1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT: Donny’s Diabolic
The same car that was the star of the drug-filled drama Wolf of Wall Street, a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT, was also once in Donnie Trump’s garage.
The 485- horsepower Diablo is definitely one of the most famous supercars ever built by the Italian carmaker, and if you ask the president, he’d probably say it’s “the best”.
However, Donnie did sell his Diablo a while back, and it’s been passed on to several new owners since then. This royal blue Diablo VT even fetched as much as $460,000 on eBay a couple years back.
Whoever owns the diablo now, I hope the car’s been thoroughly sanitized.
Tesla Roadster: Electric Feel
Yeah, not only did Trump, the guy who’s got the environment pretty low on the list of priorities, own an electric car, but Trump actually at one time owned a 1st-gen Tesla Roadster. He was an early adopter!
It must’ve been a pretty tight squeeze, considering the guy’s 6’2″ and the Roadster is essentially a Lotus Elise.
I’m going to go ahead and assume that Trump didn’t buy his Roadster for its environmental responsibility. When it came out in 2008, this car was a serious piece of engineering, electric or not. The Roadster has 248 horsepower emanating from 185 kW of what is essentially a phone battery.
And with a zero-60 time of 4.6 seconds, the Roadster would get smoked by a newer Model S, but you have to hand it to Trump for backing the electric car movement so early.
Now, Trump has pretty much never been photographed in this car. And if you ask me, that’s probably a smart move. I’m not sure his hair would appreciate the drop top.
Orange County Chopper: Gold Rush
I know this article is supposed to be about Donald Trump’s cars, but come on, how could we pass up on Trump owning a motorcycle?
Customized by the one… the only… Orange County Choppers, this is definitely a ride fit for Trump, with some elements made out of pure 24-karat gold!
This particular bike was built by Paul Sr., one of the original co-founders of Orange County Choppers. And if you recognize that name, it’s probably because you remember him from the Discovery Channel show American Chopper.
That’s right! One reality TV star building a bike for another reality TV star! Or did you forget that Donald Trump used to star on The Apprentice…
Rolls-Royce Phantom: Backseat Billionaire
If you’ve seen any of our other celebrity car collection articles, you might’ve noticed that the Rolls-Royce Phantom keeps popping up over and over again. Well, that’s because if you have any sort of name in Hollywood, the sports world, or even the White House, a Rolls-Royce Phantom is an absolute essential. And, of course, Donald Trump’s got one.
The president is almost never seen driving himself around, he prefers to be chauffeured. And that makes sense to me, Rolls-Royce interiors are the epitome of luxury, utilizing only the finest materials on the market. Not to mention they drive smooth as silk. I mean, they should when you have a car that starts at $500,000.
But this isn’t the only Rolls-Royce that Donnie’s ever hopped behind the wheel of. He also used to own a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. The Silver Cloud is apparently one of the first cars Trump ever took ownership of. Jeez, that’s a lot nicer than my first car…
We’re sure the Silver Cloud holds a special place in his heart. But these days, it’s all about the Phantom saloon for Mr. Trump.
1993 Cadillac Allante: Yeah, It’s Gold Too
Cadillacs are known transporters of old, white businessmen. Perfect example, Trump’s owned an Escalade SUV and even had a pair of special edition limousines called the Trump Executive Series. But let’s talk about a Caddy you may not be so familiar with, the Cadillac Allante.
Now here’s a car that you’d expect to see cruising around the greens on Trump National Golf Course in the early 90’s. The Allante is definitely built to give off that country club style. And to make it a little more flashy and a little less classy, when Cadillac gave this car to Trump, they had it painted gold.
As lame as it looks now, the Allante was actually a technical marvel back in the 90’s. With a 295 horsepower V8 under the hood, a removable top, and an LCD gauge cluster, the Allante was primo!
Sadly… or actually not so sadly… Cadillac stopped rolling out this model back in 1993 because they were too expensive to produce. Yet another thing with Trump’s name on it that failed…
Camaro Indianapolis Pace Car: Pace Maker
Donald Trump has certainly done a lot of different things in his life. From being a real estate mogul, to being a reality TV star, to becoming the POTUS, and now being the poster boy for coronavirus. But I bet you didn’t know that at one point he was set to be an Indy car driver!
Back in 2011, Trump was invited to drive a Chevy Camaro Pace Car in the Indy 500. But before that incredible dream ever became a reality, Trump backed out.
There was quite a bit of pushback when Speedway announced that Trump would be behind the wheel of one of their race cars, with countless anti-Trump letters calling the PR stunt “shameful” and “an embarrassment”. But if we know one thing about Donald Trump, he’s never been one to give in to public disdain.
He cited the reason for withdrawing as “business constraints”, and pulled out just three weeks before the race. They quickly found another racer to replace him in the Chevy Camaro Pace Car, but personally, I’m pretty disappointed the world never got to see Trump on the race track.
2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: McDonald’s McLaren
The Mercedes SLR McLaren is an absolutely legendary car, and it’s super popular among millionaires and billionaires. Don’t believe me? Check out Kanye, he’s got two! So, it’s only right that Donald Trump’s got one in his garage.
Trump doesn’t usually drive his SLR McLaren himself, but for being chauffeured around on the weekends, I couldn’t think of a better set of wheels. With 617 horsepower cranked out of a 5.4L V8, flight-ready gull-wing doors, and that nose that looks like a Gillette 16 razor blade, this two-door grand tourer is a mean machine with some serious speed. I’m talking 208 miles per hour fast.
And since just over 2,000 of these vehicles were made, they’ve become somewhat of a collector’s item, with a hefty price tag of at least $200,000, which should make a nice dent when Trump’s debts come due…
Cadillac One: Presidential Sweet
Trump started out his presidency rolling around in “The Beast“, the same armored limousine Cadillac that Obama used. And I think we can safely assume Trump did not like riding in anything Obama did. So, it shouldn’t surprise you to know that Trump went and got himself an all new presidential limo, or actually several, equipped with some interesting features.
Thanks to armored plating, the new series of presidential limos weigh around 20,000 pounds a piece, and the estimated value of the entire collection cost Cadillac a whopping $15.8 million dollars.
In making these presidential transporters, Cadillac thought of every possible scenario that could endanger the president’s life. The walls of the limos are around 8 inches thick with 5-inch multilayer windows, making the doors more like a 747 than your average Caddy.
The interior is sealed against biochemical weapons, and the extra large wheels are set up with run-flat tires, so almost nothing can stop the Cadillacs from making a getaway. Other gizmos and gadgets include a smoke screen dispenser, tear gas guns for BLM protestors and members of the press, the ability to drop oil slick to send any pursuers flying off the road, and even electrified door handles in case the paparazzi gets too close. Oh yeah, and they even got fridges full of Trump’s blood type on board. One thing they probably didn’t pack was masks…
It’s only right that the most animated president in history should be riding around in a James Bond-style armored limo. The Cadillac One is essentially a shield to protect the frail body and fragile ego of anyone who is lucky enough to ride in it.