Hillary Clinton’s 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass is Up for Sale
When talking about classic cars of the 1980s, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera isn’t likely to top many lists, if it even crosses anyone’s radar at all. But one such Oldsmobile is attracting quite a lot of attention online, because it’s Hillary Clinton's.
In 2000, as the Clintons were preparing to leave the White House, First Lady Hillary Clinton decided to sell the 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that she bought new in Little Rock, Arkansas, and subsequently brought with her to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A private auction between White House staffers was arranged and with a top bid of $2,000, aptly named head gardener Mike Lawn bought the car. According to the Evening Sun, he’s kept it all these year but is now selling it off on eBay, admitting it’s as good a time as any to let it go.
With just 33,000 miles on the odometer across its 30 years of age, it’s likely to be one of the lowest mileage Cutlass Cieras around too, but it’s the car’s unique history that’s likely to attract bidders here. Sold to Hillary Clinton for around $12,000 in 1986, the Oldsmobile was kept on White House grounds during her husband’s presidency, and is said to have been driven only sporadically during special events and even while daughter Chelsea Clinton was learning to drive. Lawn notes he originally purchased the presidential sedan because his teenage daughter was beginning to drive and needed a car. After he bought it and showed it to her for the first time however, she said it looked like an old lady’s car. “She didn’t know why it had cranks in the windows,” says Lawn.
According to an interview with NBC’s WGAL 8, it isn’t in the greatest shape. It currently doesn’t run well and has a few scrapes and bumps here and there, but it does hold a few of Clinton’s personal effects, including a pair of her sunglasses (left in the glovebox), her original signed title and owner’s manual, plus a “Clinton for Governor” bumper sticker on the rear window, circa 1990. Lawn tells the paper it’s time to let it go, saying, "somebody might want it, you know, a little bit more than I do at this point.” Regardless of your political affiliations, it’s certainly something you don’t see every day.