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06 Feb

President Bill Clinton’s 1967 Ford Mustang

A President’s Classic Drop Top Mustang

By Jonathan Lamas



Presidents and the cars they drive have always been the topic of much discussion. Take the newly elected Barack Obama. Word is he drives a Ford Escape hybrid. But what about the Ford Mustang? Of all the Presidents, the one most commonly associated with the Ford Mustang is President William Jefferson Clinton of Arkansas.

Back in 1967 Ford unveiled their first major redesign of the Mustang. Most notable was the car’s larger appearance and additional power offerings such as the 390-cubic-inch 6.4L V-8 motor capable of producing an impressive 320 hp. Five years later, in 1972, President Clinton’s stepfather, Jeff Dwire, purchased a used 1967 Ford Mustang convertible for Bill’s younger brother Roger Clinton. And this, folks, is where the Bill Clinton Mustang story begins.

At the time of Dwire’s purchase, Bill Clinton was attending school at Yale University. As such, he probably heard stories of his brother’s Mustang during calls to his family back in Hot Springs, Ark. Years later, while serving as the Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton acquired the Clearwater Aqua Mustang with a white rag top and white interior.

As the story goes, Clinton truly admired the Mustang. For starters, he had the car refurbished after taking ownership. Shortly thereafter he was regularly spotted cruising in the car from Little Rock to Hot Springs, then back again. In fact, on Sundays he would often take his family out for a cruise in the convertible. One notable instance of Clinton and his Mustang involves his 46th birthday. On that day he and Hillary Clinton are said to have gone for a ride, with Clinton wearing his Hot Springs High School sweater and Hillary wearing a vintage high-school skirt. There’s no doubt about it, Bill Clinton had caught the Mustang bug.

As is widely known, Presidents are not allowed to drive themselves around. They must depend on a motorcade of cars and secret service agents to take them from place to place. As such, Clinton had to leave his Mustang back in Arkansas after being elected as the 42nd President of the United States. According to reports, Clinton has been quoted as saying that his 1967 Mustang was the hardest thing for him to leave behind when he moved into the White House.

That’s not to say he didn’t get behind the wheel of the car at all during his two terms as President. On April 17, 1994, Clinton was allowed to drive his Mustang 250 yards at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Clinton, along with many other Mustang enthusiasts, attended the event at the track to celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 30th Anniversary; and he did so in style.

President Bill Clinton’s 1967 Mustang convertible is now on display at The Museum of Automobiles located in Morrilton, Ark. The car features a 120 hp 200-cubic inch I-6 engine and is matched with an automatic transmission. Although many reports state the car is “ice blue”, “blue flake”, or even “hornet green” in color, the car sports a Code “W” – Clearwater Aqua exterior as confirmed by Buddy Hoelzeman, Director of The Museum of Automobiles. In all, only 44,808 total convertible Mustangs were made in 1967.

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