The Presidential Limousine

By Deane Barker on November 9, 2008

Obama’s limo will be a Caddy like no other: This article on the new limousine apparently under development for President Obama includes this astonishing tidbit (emphasis mine):

[…] television clips showing Bush entering and exiting the rear doors of his limos indicate that the windows are at least 5 inches thick, almost twice the depth of what was used on presidential limousines in the 1980s and ’90s.

While I do not know what type of weapons such thick windows are designed to guard against, a half-inch of transparent armor is enough to stop a .44 Magnum round at point-blank range; at a thickness of 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches, the same material can withstand higher-velocity bullets fired from military assault rifles.

It’s apparently a Cadillac in name only. The author’s best guess is that it’s a custom body on top of a GM 2500 truck frame.



  1. A modern .50 sniper rifle (e.g. Barrett) can easily penetrate armored vehicles (disabling APCs), concrete walls or an inch of steel… I don’t know how it will fair against a 5 inch window, but I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of the glass during a test.

  2. They are designed to withstand the inpact of a 20mm round, or a shaped charge from an RPG. Granted the veichele will be disabled the compartment will be intact. A .50 APC round will not penetrate the ceramic inlays. Can come close, but just not. Just a little inside.

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