Bush to auction his truck for charity
December 17th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush to auction his truck for charity

(CNN) - It's a chance to own a piece of presidential history.

And it's got horsepower.

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A pickup truck owned by former President George W. Bush goes on the auction block next month to benefit the Fisher House Foundation, the group said. It is an organization which provides free housing to the family members of servicemen and servicewomen receiving medical care away from home.

The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew was purchased by Bush after his term ended in 2009. Bush and his wife have "used the truck to work around their ranch; entertain friends, family, and dignitaries and to give tours of their Crawford property."

"[T]he right airbag panel features President Bush's signature and a copy of a video showing him autographing the truck and driving it around his ranch in Crawford, Texas will be included with the purchase," the group announced.

Besides the significant ownership, the truck stands out on the automotive front: the industry watchers at MotorTrend described it in 2008 as "almost certainly the Ford Motor Company's single most important new-model design and development program this decade."

This truck, color white, has a 5.4-Liter V8 engine with 310 horsepower and a towing capacity of 11,200 lbs. The interior features adobe King Ranch premium leather interior. MotorTrend described it as looking "truck tough on the outside and is truck tough under the skin."

A truck of this model with standard options could catch upwards of $33,000 on the private market, according to data from the Kelley Blue Book.

But chances are the truck would sell for much more, and that the new owner wouldn't be buying for the truck's hauling capacity.

Bush suggested recently he may already have his eyes on a new ride.

On Wednesday, he said he was excited his daughter Jenna was pregnant with what would be his first grandchild.

In a telephone interview on NBC, he said, "I'll be the guy in the Ford 250 driving around the ranch with the grandchild,"

Bush's truck will go to the highest bidder at The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19.

Filed under: President George W. Bush • Texas
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    All that is going on and this now!!
    I see he/they still do exacty the same things he did while president. Spend as much time as possible in that ugly ranch of his.

    December 17, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    It's the least a Draft Dodger could do for those who gave their lives in the Military.

    December 17, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. cf

    Now you, too, can own a piece of history by purchasing the truck George W Bush used to "clear brush" on his Crawford Ranch when he should have been doing his job as President while our nation wept and longed for leadership during Hurricane Katrina and the phony war he started!

    December 17, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Will this truck relieve his guilt of all the service men and women who died so he could prove he was a big man?

    December 17, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Darryl

    LOL,,,LOL,,,, It's not going to cover the BLOODSHED you & Chenney have on your Hands buddy !

    December 17, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. jec

    I smell a tax deduction for one of the 1%. He should refund to the US Treasury his pay and perks for the 8 years we had from the weakest leader and do nothing president. Much like Franklin Pierce to whom he is related to on his mothers side.

    December 17, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Ethan

    CF- I may not like the guy, but at least I read the article. The truck that is being sold for charity was bought after he left office, so any brush he was clearing with that truck was not "while our with nation wept and longed for leadership during Hurricane Katrina and the phony war he started!" You may have disagreed with a lot of his actions while he was president, but since he has left office he has donated a lot of his time and money to help veterans. Next time try reading the whole article before you post your erroneous opinion. Thank you.

    December 17, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Jeff O'Dette

    He should be in jail. One of the worst war criminals in history. Definatly the worst POTUS.

    December 17, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Sin truck....

    December 17, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Love Thy Neighbor

    It is for a good cause. We have way too much hate and bitterness in our country.

    December 17, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Squigman

    Why does this cretin believe that anyone would want the truck. The stigma carried by the vehicle makes it worth less, not worth more.

    December 17, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. David

    A coward who would not join and serve in the military during the Vietnam War and who then sent off young men and women in the military to die so he, his family and friends in the oil business could make money. He should sell his entire ranch and give the money to military and veterans' organizations.

    December 17, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |