You read that right, President Eisenhower’s 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine, the precursor to the POTUS Cadillac beast, crashed on the German Autobahn.

What year is it? According to Brauchsaler Rundschau on their weekend update from a unique crash on the Autobahn earlier this weekend (Mar. 16, 2018) former US President Eisenhower’s 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo, used to transport the President during his travels in Europe, crashed onto its side suffering major bodywork damage. Check out a video from the scene of the crash below!

The Cadillac Fleetwood was being trailered from its former home at the Sinsheim Museum were it was recently sold and headed to its new home in Offenburg, just 83 miles away. The current owner of the now damaged Fleetwood Cadillac was going to use the Cadillac for promotional purposes in wedding ceremonies and other events.

Unfortunately, the trailer suffered a rear-end collision when a car from the middle lane crashed into the back of the trailer. The trailer skidded to the side before breaking from its trailering vehicle. Ultimately, the trailer tipped over, along with Eisenhower’s Cadillac, falling onto its side.

As you can see in the video above, the precious Fleetwood suffered some heavy damage that will take a pretty penny to get everything up to snuff.

This isn’t your ordinary Cadillac Fleetwood, this was one that’s been heavily armored and modified to protect the President of the United States. If you head over to History of Cars, you’ll see an example of just how thick the glass is on the windows. Presumably, the doors, as well as the chassis, are significantly beefed up. Although gun technology has progressed this past 70 years from back then, I’m pretty sure that this Fleetwood could still protect its passengers from a variety of guns, but that’s a different story.

Here are a couple of photos of what I assume is the same Fleetwood, when it was in France in 1991.

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Police at the scene and an off-hand report from the owner put the damages to be several thousand euros, to say the least.

Keep in mind, this Cadillac Fleetwood is not to be confused with this 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood that sold on eBay for $55,000. That one’s still here, somewhere in the United States.

I’m sure the owner of that crashed Fleetwood will get it fixed like it should be. It may be a shiny and armored piece of Detroit Muscle, but it’s history makes it priceless.

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