December 23, 1923 – A presidential Rolls Royce

Having a birthday during the holiday season can be difficult for some people who think their special day will be forgotten. That wasn’t the case on this day in 1923 when US President Woodrow Wilson received a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost for his 67th birthday. Left by anonymous friends, the Rolls had even been modified with a higher windshield and roof so Wilson could wear his top hat. Wilson was the first president to really understand the appeal of the motor car and was a champion of national road-building, paving the way for America’s highway system.

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