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This Presidential Parade Vehicle was a favorite of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and during WWII accompanied him to dramatic diplomatic meetings in Yalta, Teheran, Casablanca and Malta. The car's convertible roof gave the busy president a chance to enjoy the sun, hence the name Sunshine Special. This car was built by Ford Motor Company and modified by Brunn & Company to U.S. Government specifications. The Sunshine Special was originally equipped with a siren, running lights, a 2-way radio, as well as extra-wide running boards and grab handles for Secret Service agents. The car was powered by a 150 hp, 414 cubic inch V-12 L-head engine. In 1942, the Sunshine Special was updated with a new front grille. Concerns about the president's safety led to the installation of armor plating into the doors and body panels, and bullet-proof tires on the wheels. Storage compartments for submachine guns and pistols were also built into the car's interior. All of the safety modifications increased the car's weight to 9,300 pounds. Despite these precautions, President Roosevelt preferred to ride in parades and at most public gatherings with the top down. After Roosevelt's death in 1945, the Sunshine Special remained in the White House fleet and was used occasionally by President Truman until a new fleet of Lincoln limousines was acquired after the 1948 election. The Sunshine Special today is on display at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
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