Hooniverse contributor and Phaeton owner Jim Yu operates one of the web’s best independent automotive blogs. Over at Tamerlane’s Thoughts, Jim offers up an eclectic mix of oddball enthusiast cars, vintage motorsports nostalgia and the occasional mix of travel, food and geopolitics. Sometime around 2009, I stumbled across Jim’s list of Official State Cars, which sought to catalog the ride of choice for every Head of State, from democratically elected leaders to military dictators to hereditary monarchs and all points in between.
By the time the project wrapped in 2012, Yu had catalog all 192 UN member states, plus a few others, with a recap posted on Hooniverse. If you’re looking for a quick hit, check it out. If you want the full-fat version with pictures of each car and Yu’s sharp commentary, you can work your way backwards at this link.
While the Skodas, Phaetons, and front-drive Lincoln Continentals provide a nice break from the monotony of the Land Cruisers and S-Classes used by so many heads of state, the winner, in my eyes, is Australia. Two V8 Holdens and two turbocharged Ford Territorys? Aussie Rules, indeed.