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The 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy Five was the Presidential Limousine used by President Ronald Reagan.

“After decades of Lincolns, Cadillac was finally given the chance to produce a limousine for the secret service in the early 1980s during the Reagan administration. Appearing in 1984 was a pair of 1983 Fleetwoods built by Hess & Eisenhardt. Since the coachbuilder started with production Fleetwood limousines, the cars were stretched only 17 inches and their roofs raised three inches. Power for both came from Cadillacs own massive 500 cubic-inch V8. Though awkward in appearance, the Fleetwoods provided excellent visibility for the president. Large greenhouses were made possible by the development of 2 3/8ths inch think bulletproof glass and powerful air conditioning systems that kept the cabin cool.” (source)

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Image top: The interior of Ronald Reagans presidential limousine. (source)

Slides: altered archival photo’s used alongside the bas-reliefs in the Shallow Wade  exhibition at Ambach & Rice in Seattle, WA, USA.

Image bottom: Cropping from a film poster for ‘Hong Kong’ in 1951 showing the hand of Ronald Reagan pointing a gun in defense of a child. The image was applied to the back of Limo 1.

A Shallow Wade

The A Shallow Wade  exhibition looked at American symbols related to power, religion and money, (in)sustainabilty and fame. It opened 28-08-2010 at Ambach & Rice gallery in Ballard, Seattle, WA. (Breaker  belongs to this group but it was not part of the exhibition.)