Donald Trump is known as such a versatile person to many people around the U.S.: they know him as a billionaire real estate mogul, they know him as a tactless reality TV star, he is a noted former USFL franchise owner, and, now, he has become known as the favorite front-running Republican presidential candidate.
All America’s highest-profile rich guys, including Donald Trump, develop a certain preference for luxurious cars over time, so we want to take a sneak peek at his own preferences.
While his name recognition as a brand that the Americans cannot seem to get enough of goes back over 40 years, Donald Trump himself is fond of long-standing, vintage car makes.
If there has been anyone on this spinning earth that resembled the Monopoly man, it’s certainly him —Donald Trump even had his own Monopoly-based board game in the ’80s! And proving that his White House run isn’t a complete flight of fancy, he has recently filed his personal financial disclosure with the Federal Elections Commission, so we can all see just how much Mr. Trump is worth and what he really owns.
For those of you who don’t want to go through the 92-page list of Donald Trump’s assets, he released a statement disputing Forbes’s $4 billion estimate, declaring that his assets are instead worth “in excess of $10 BILLION S [emphasis Trump’s],” and complaining that because of his “massive” net worth, the FEC’s form “was not designed for a man of Mr. Trump’s massive wealth.”
It seems that Donald Trump has his name on everything in certain parts of the U.S.: namely, Trump owns skyscrapers, hotels, golf courses, mansions, helicopters, and of course, cars. Although Trump doesn’t get behind the steering wheel frequently as he has his own $100 million private jet, he still cherishes his private collection of limousines. And, expectantly, his taste in cars is nothing short of exclusive.
When it was released in 2003, the SLR represented Mercedes’s return to the supercar market since the iconic 300SL of the ’50s, and McLaren’s follow-up to its iconic F1. With its outrageous, wind-cheating design, and 5.4 liter supercharged V8 putting out 617 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, it was one of the most impressive driving performers of its era.
The outstanding crafting matched its price: It was one of the most expensive — with a $455,000 price tag. It was out of the purchasing reach of most people but the wealthiest ones. Of course, Donald Trump took the delivery of this car monster in front of his Trump Tower in 2005.
Trump is a trademark for opulent, and no car is more opulent than a Rolls-Royce. Unsurprisingly, he is an addicted fan of England’s finest, with a 1950s-era model like this ’56 Silver Cloud reportedly being his very first automobile. With his sporting chance to win the U.S. presidential elections, it is very likely that the Secret Service will replace the presidential fleet of Cadillacs with Rollers soon after.
Donald Trump has made many billions of dollars since that first Rolls, so today it is not at all uncommon to see him behind the wheel of a new Phantom when he is in the mood for driving himself. The impressive Phantom starts at around $500,000, but nearly everything can be assembled and designed to the owner’s specific needs. And having in mind Donald Trump’s penchant for gold, it is a safe bet that his cars cost twice as much!
After being introduced in 1990, the Diablo picked up where the insane ’74-’90 Countach left off. With a 6.0 liter V12, the Lambo had a top speed of over 200 miles per hour! Trump purchased a blue VT model, meaning it had an all-wheel drive system, delivering 530 horsepower to all 4 corners. Trump’s car showed up on Reddit a couple of years ago, complete with his name on a plaque on the door.
Donald Trump was experiencing a comeback in popularity by 2011, primarily thanks to The Apprentice, and was asked to drive the pace car at the 100th Indianapolis 500. But even back then, he was controversial enough to deserve some serious criticism.
After a growing Facebook campaign to ouster Trump, he stepped down due to “scheduling conflicts,” and was replaced by the legendary driver A.J. Foyt. Too bad really – the one of 500 Camaro Pace Car editions came with a 426 horsepower 6.2 liter V8, just about every option available, and a color scheme to match the legendary ’69 Camaro pace car.
In spite of the dozens of photos of Donald Trump posing with the top-drop Chevy, there is no credible word on whether he actually drove it!