Look fast – today’s your last chance to see President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car in the middle of the Mall. And if you miss it, you can see Reagan’s Jeep from the 20th to the 26th.
The car is in a large glass box, and you can see through it to either the Capitol or the Washington Monument.
The car is so highly polished that you can see the reflection of the Mall in its body. Here, all you can see is the door handle and reflections:
The brass and wood details are wonderful:
This White Steam Car was the first White House limousine. Taft was a major automobile enthusiast, and he asked Congress for $12,000 to purchase this vehicle and two Pierce Arrow limousines. He rode in a horse-drawn carriage for his inauguration, but rode in his limousines shortly thereafter, and his support for automobiles helped promote the future of the industry.
Cars at the Capital is a project of the Historic Vehicle Association. The cars are displayed in the middle of the Mall, between 6th and 7th St.