After a controversial election, not because of the results, but because of the position of outgoing President Donald Trump. Joe Biden has finally taken office as the president-elect of the United States of America in the period from 2021 to 2024, representing the Democratic Party.
But in a world apart from his political life, Joe Biden for much of his life has been a loyal follower of the automotive world and a collector of classic vehicles. The vast majority of North American vehicles, although inside his garage there is one or another European vehicle from the 50s.
This hobby dates from his childhood, as his father Joseph Robinette Biden Sr worked as a used car salesman since 1953. This helped support the family after several financial setbacks and encouraged Joe Biden to take an interest in cars and everything related to the automotive world.
Vehicles from pre-1970s times stand out in Biden’s garage, all of them of great historical and economic value today. Let’s see:
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Listed as one of the American sports cars with the longest history in the world, the Chevrolet Corvette was introduced in the 1950s. Today it reaches its eighth generation with a central engine, retaining rear-wheel drive, and all sports capabilities.
The unit belonging to Joe Biden dates from the year 1967, the second generation, which was given by Biden’s father on the day of their marriage. It has a 5.4-liter V8 engine and 347 horsepower.
It should be noted that this is one of the most sought-after vehicles by collectors, due to its modern design for its time.
Plymouth Belvedere Convertible
In the 1950s, the convertible car boom took on great importance in the North American vehicle market. Plymouth, a brand belonging to the Chrysler Group, was no stranger to this, presenting to the market the convertible version of the Belvedere sedan. In Colombia at the end of the 1950s, several units of this vehicle arrived.
In the special case of Biden, this vehicle belongs to the year 1956, being one of the first cars to enter the garage of the current President of the United States. Its powertrain was given by a 5.8-liter V8 block, very powerful for its time.
Jeep is a brand that has been in charge throughout its history of making off-road vehicles, starting with war vehicles in the 40s. Later it entered the civil vehicle market, where there is knowledge of the Jeepster, Commando, and later the Wagoneer, a 4 × 4 truck with the comfort of a saloon, with a 5.7-liter V8 engine of 225 horses.
Being one of the most recent classics in Joe Biden’s collection, the Jeep Wagoneer dates from 1973, being the vehicle that happened to replace the truck in which his first wife Neilia Hunter and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died from it. from an accident with a truck. A tragic event in Biden’s life.
The boom in futuristic cars in the late 1950s was seen with the large trunk fins at the rear of the vehicles. The Chrysler 300D was no stranger to this, being one of the vehicles with a certain sportiness, mixed with the luxury and comfort of the sedans of the time. It had a 6.4-liter, 378-horsepower V8 engine.
Accompanied by the Plymouth Belvedere, the Chrysler 300D was one of the vehicles that accompanied Joe Biden in his youth, as well as being one of the most used due to its modern design and great engine performance. The year of the unit belonging to Biden is 1958.
Studebaker Commander Coupé
One of the brands that disappeared with the arrival of modernity, but with great fame during the 50s due to its revolutionary and eccentric designs. The Studebaker Commander was one of the milestones in design due to its turbine-shaped body, simulating the aircraft of the time.
This vehicle belonged to Biden’s father, later going to his garage. It is said to be one of the most precious jewels in the President’s collection, being a 1953 model unit. Although the use by Joe Biden has not been constant, it is one of the vehicles with the greatest sentimental value.
Mercedes 190 SL Roadster
The 1950s also put European manufacturers on the right track when it came to sportiness. Mercedes Benz debuted with its SL line being the sports vehicle of the time that entered to compete with the American Corvette.
This is one of the few European vehicles to be in the Joe Biden collection. It has a 1.9-liter, 100-horsepower engine, coupled with a 4-speed mechanical gearbox. This vehicle is currently one of the most sought after of the star brand for being the forerunner of the Mercedes Benz SL sports line.