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The One Thing We Can All Agree On: Joe Biden Spec’d His Cadillac ATS-V Very Well

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It’s not every week that a major world leader’s vehicle comes up for sale but this week two did. We’ve already told you about HM King Charles’ Jaguar I-Pace EV400 but this 2018 Cadillac ATS-V might just outdo it. President Joe Biden called for a specific feature that would ultimately make this build the only ATS-V of its kind. Now, it can be yours as it’s available at auction right now.

For the most part, this ATS-V for sale at CarsAndBids is like any other example. It comes with a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6, an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and rear-wheel drive. It’s factory-rated at 464 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque and gets some notable factory options like the Luxury Package with sport alloy pedals, HID headlights, and integrated navigation. At the hands of a capable driver, it should be capable of going from 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds.

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What’s a bit different about the car is its unique blend of colors. Plenty of ATS-V examples are available in Raven Black like this car but none also come with a Kona Brown interior. This is the only one in the world with that specific combination and it was Biden himself who requested that change.

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Documents included in the auction show correspondence indicating that Biden initially requested Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic paint but changed his mind at the direction of the Secret Service. He also specified the Kona Brown interior and wanted it enough that he indicated a willingness to make his request to GM CEO Mary Barra if it would help get it accomplished.

A few days later, emails say that he drove a CTS but ultimately decided to stick with the ATS-V and even acknowledged that he’d accept a stock black interior if needed.

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Nevertheless, the team at Cadillac made the combination happen and the result looks great. On top of the cool Kona Brown/Raven Black combo this car benefits from bronze 18-inch Blackwing wheels, red-painted Brembo brake calipers, and genuine Sapele wood interior trim. Notably, the wood trim is linked to other ATS models with the Kona Brown interior and Cadillac maintained that relationship here too.

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As it sits it has 15,900 miles on the odometer and is in good condition. The selling dealer indicates that it’s had minor damage at various points in its short lifespan. The Michelin tires are from 2018 and 2019 respectively and there are creases on the outer bolster of the driver’s seat.

A note from the originally selling dealer says that the production team had to pull this car off of the line during the build to manually install the interior. Biden leased the car and kept it until March of 2020.

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Evidently, he called the dealer personally to indicate that the Secret Service would no longer allow him to drive. “If there’s one thing I don’t like about running for President, it’s that I’m not allowed to drive. Because I like to drive,” he reportedly said. Lots of us would like to drive a car like this ATS-V and soon, someone who wins this auction will. 

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Chi_spotting
Chi_spotting
1 month ago

If I’m ever elected President, I’m enacting a law that allows Presidents to drive again. That or I’d disguise myself as a secret service agent so I can drive lol

Marlin May
Marlin May
1 month ago

President Dark Brandon knows that the second best way to burn off the stresses of the office isn’t found on a fareway, but on a racetrack.

Maymar
Maymar
2 months ago

I think it’s obvious that just like back in the day, ol’ Diamond Joe appreciated that this was basically a Camaro, but nicer, just like that Trans Am he’d wash on the White House lawn. You know, only tells the right people you know how to party.

Small Fact0ry
Small Fact0ry
1 month ago
Reply to  Maymar

I do miss those onion stories about Joe washing his Camaro shirtless on the Whitehouse lawn…

Younork
Younork
2 months ago

This guy has some serious taste, hard to argue with an ATS-V when the alternative would have been a black Suburban. Sharp looking car.

Thevenin
Thevenin
2 months ago

Sleeper Joe. Heh.

A Man from Florida
A Man from Florida
2 months ago

Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic paint with those seats? Make that a standard combination, Caddy. That’s a great combo. Throw in a pair of Aviators whole you’re at it.

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
2 months ago

I don’t have anything meaningful to add that isn’t confusing, aroused grunting in the affirmative so I’ll just say

Fuckin a

Is Travis
Is Travis
2 months ago

Midnight blue metallic with tan/brown interior is the best of choice.

LastStandard
LastStandard
1 month ago

Along with the bronze wheels *chef’s kiss*

Chewcudda
Chewcudda
2 months ago

Why did the Secret Service not let Biden have blue paint?

Chronometric
Chronometric
2 months ago
Reply to  Chewcudda

I am sorry President Biden, you are only not allowed to drive black cars.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago
Reply to  Chewcudda

I’m assuming so it blends in with the general motorcade vehicles instead of really standing out as “former Vice President in this one right here”

Fuzzyweis
Fuzzyweis
2 months ago

I don’t get the no driving rule for Presidents, main reason I can find is due to Kennedy but he wasn’t even driving when he was killed. Off public roads seems like they can still, like Biden with the F150 Lightning. It just seems a very un-American thing to have the President and even ex-Presidents prohibited from driving. Even the Pope can drive his own car if he wants to.

Aaron
Aaron
2 months ago
Reply to  Fuzzyweis

I just listened to the Joe Biden episode of Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. POTUS indicated he sometimes gets wheeltime on the Secret Service training course. He said he hit 130+ in his Corvette on the runway there.

Last edited 2 months ago by Aaron
A Man from Florida
A Man from Florida
2 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

That episode was really interesting. Some of the behind the scenes stuff like this story, but it also puts lie to the claims that he can’t form coherent sentences. He’s old and he has a stutter, but he’s clear and focused in conversation.

getstoneyII (probably)
getstoneyII (probably)
2 months ago

Not saying you are wrong, but it does take the pressure off when it’s a softball interview with almost all pre-screened questions. Also, isn’t clear and focused just a tad below the baseline of acceptable for the most powerful country on Earth? just sayin’…

A Man from Florida
A Man from Florida
2 months ago

I’d prefer him to be the Joe of 2008, too. He was actually my primary choice that year — primary because of foreign policy expertise. Still, I’ll take a few verbal stumbles here and there over the alternative.

Cryptoenologist
Cryptoenologist
2 months ago

Username does not check out! You get back in line! /s

David
David
1 month ago
Reply to  Fuzzyweis

Probably a couple good reasons for not allowing presidents to drive themselves on public roads. First, driving is (statistically) one of the most dangerous activities many people will ever participate in. Second, coordinating with other vehicles in a protective convoy requires skill and training that a protectee just doesn’t have, not to mention focus; driving and keeping their charge safe is the sole task for the Secret Service detail, while a president has dozens of other responsibilities their mind at any given time. Far down the list, but also a factor is that the president is often going to be reviewing briefs, taking calls, or otherwise working while being driven.

Long story short, it’s the Secret Service’s job to protect the president, and that works better when they’re in as complete control of movement as possible.

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Fuzzyweis

“Comedians in cars getting coffee” with Obama had some fun with that.

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
2 months ago

Obviously the greatest custom order in the history of the Presidency will always be LBJ calling Haggar to get some pants that could accommodate his big bouncy balls while keeping his taint unchaffed.

https://d29j0x7vue4ie8.cloudfront.net/2021-05/WH6408-16-4851%20-%20LBJ%20Orders%20Some%20New%20Haggar%20Pants.pdf

Now that all of Biden’s calls are part of the official record, I want to hear him order a custom car with some PG-13 language. “Look Jack, I know you can’t usually get the cooled seats with this package. But I have a Presidential package that needs all the help it can get in July. My oval orifice doesn’t handle the heat like it used to.”

Ecsta C3PO
Ecsta C3PO
1 month ago

I never thought I would read a presidential quote (pre-2017) using the terms “nuts” and “bunghole”

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
1 month ago
Reply to  Ecsta C3PO

LBJ was ahead of the times in that way. If any president was going to break the bunghole barrier, it was him.

JJT554
JJT554
1 month ago

COTD

Data
Data
2 months ago

So can I, a simple positronic brained android, call up Mary Barra and make custom requests? Asking for a friend…

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
2 months ago
Reply to  Data

You used to, it was called COPO- Central Office Production Order. It’s how Don Yenko got those Camaros with 427s.

Data
Data
2 months ago

I’m pretty sure it was C3PO. 🙂

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
2 months ago
Reply to  Data

We’re doomed.

Knowonelse
Knowonelse
2 months ago
Reply to  Data

My FIL wanted a black Camry (first year in the US) and was told by the dealer that they can’t get one, even though it was shown in the brochure. The story is the my FIL wrote to the head of Toyota about the incident and was then one was made available.

Scott Ross
Scott Ross
2 months ago

Are we sure he spec’ed this out? Mary Barra also likes Blacked out cars like her Z06 Vette. Does Mary Barra’s Black Corvette Z06 make her Detroit’s Fastest CEO? (autoweek.com)

Alexander Moore
Alexander Moore
2 months ago
Reply to  Scott Ross

What are you saying? This ATS-V was specifically ordered to not be blacked out with its brown interior and bronze wheels. Mary ensures that they are all blacked out from factory.

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DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
2 months ago

Regardless of where you sit on Biden’s age or politics or whatever, it’s impossible to deny the man has style. A tailored suit in the sea of ill-fitting Men’s Wearhouse crap that is DC politics. Honestly, I can’t think of a better presentation of the ATS-V than this, right down to the bronze wheels. That’s a sharp car, Jack!

Last edited 2 months ago by DialMforMiata
Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago
Reply to  DialMforMiata

I will say that, yes, his suits are very sharp, and he seems to get them in the correct weight of wool to resist wrinkles.

Also, his Corvette is about the best color combo, emerald green over tan leather

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

I also appreciate that he’s kept the Corvette, his dad gave it to him as a wedding gift (first wife).

My 0.02 Cents
My 0.02 Cents
2 months ago
Reply to  DialMforMiata

It’s highly possible that someone else is choosing his clothes, for him. To be honest I kinda hope someone is, so he can concentrate on more important things like running the country.

Michael Beranek
Michael Beranek
2 months ago
Reply to  My 0.02 Cents

Jill.

Chronometric
Chronometric
2 months ago
Reply to  My 0.02 Cents

or not drooling.

William Domer
William Domer
2 months ago
Reply to  Chronometric

Had to go there eh? At least he isn’t a radioactive orange spray painted bankrupt rapist with a comb over that may or may not actually be a living animal.

getstoneyII (probably)
getstoneyII (probably)
2 months ago
Reply to  William Domer

Bankrupt, sure. Broke, never.

CPL Rabbit
CPL Rabbit
1 month ago

Not as long as cult members will send him their nest eggs.

Chronometric
Chronometric
2 months ago
Reply to  William Domer

Yes, better drool than bile.

Framed
Framed
2 months ago
Reply to  My 0.02 Cents

I work with a couple people, both men, who own 5 copies of the same outfit. That’s all they wear to work and never have to think about their wardrobes.

My 0.02 Cents
My 0.02 Cents
2 months ago
Reply to  Framed

I have 5 different golf shirts I wear to work and I wear the same shirt on each day of the week. so I never have to think about what to wear.

There’s a few high profile people that wear or wore the exact same shirt, Steve Jobs was one of them.

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
1 month ago
Reply to  Framed

I used to work with a guy who wore a white Oxford button down with black jeans Mon-Thu. On Friday he would wear a blue plaid button-down with the black jeans.

A Man from Florida
A Man from Florida
2 months ago
Reply to  My 0.02 Cents

I don’t know that it takes much brainpower to put together a suit. He does seem to have style which, granted, not everyone has.

My 0.02 Cents
My 0.02 Cents
2 months ago

He dresses very well for an 81 year old.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago

Yeah, that’s kind of the whole point of a suit, the pieces match, just add a shirt and tie and go.

A Man from Florida
A Man from Florida
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

You would think so. It seems to be a hard skill for even billionaires (well…) to master.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago

His are actually very good quality, he just has them purposely made to fit horribly (and he has to be getting them made like that, because I doubt any off-the-rack Brioni is going to fit that badly even without alterations).

He also uses the lightest superfine wools, because in his mind its more expensive, therefore better, even though it looks like shit after 6 hours or so because of all the rumples and wrinkles.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
1 month ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

It’s tough to tailor a trouser to fit around a full diaper…

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 month ago

It also helps when you’re not mobidly obese and trying to cover it up..

Ted Fort
Ted Fort
1 month ago
Reply to  Black Peter

Hey! He was one pound under obese, remember?

Black Peter
Black Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted Fort

It must be the bone spurs then…

Drew
Drew
2 months ago

Documents included in the auction show correspondence indicating that Biden initially requested Dark Adriatic Blue Metallic paint but changed his mind at the direction of the Secret Service.

I think the blue would have been even better and also don’t really get why the Secret Service would be so against it. Still, great that he got the brown and wood interior. That looks fantastic.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago
Reply to  Drew

They probably wanted it to match the rest of their fleet vehicles so it wouldn’t stand out so much, but the blue would have been a lot more attractive

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

That seems like a reasonable assumption. And yeah, blue would have been MUCH better.

Drew
Drew
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

That makes sense, but I also think that it’s already a Cadillac ATS-V with bronze rims. It’s already different. But I guess they probably know a thing or two about protecting folks.

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
2 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I don’t think it had the bronze rims when he had it, the dealer switched them out afterward, along with the grille and blacked out badges

Drew
Drew
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

Oh, that makes a little more sense.

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
2 months ago
Reply to  Drew

There may be 2 black base model ATSs with those bronze rims somewhere in circulation now.

Doctor Nine
Doctor Nine
2 months ago
Reply to  Ranwhenparked

I personally think that, when the Emperor is wielding the Dark Side of the Force, blue, even a very dark blue, is just not evil enough. It has to be black.

For your edification:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3vbxIjA2rM

getstoneyII (probably)
getstoneyII (probably)
2 months ago

It doesn’t get much better than that. A deep maroon red color would look nice as well, but dagnabbit that is such a great daily driver.

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