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‘Sadat’s limo’ goes on sale for $108,000

Cadillac S75 Fleetwood belonging to assassinated Egyptian leader was apparently a gift from Jimmy Carter

President Anwar Sadat stands in his car during his visit to Mansura, Lower Egypt in December 1978. (AP Photo/Bill Foley)
President Anwar Sadat stands in his car during his visit to Mansura, Lower Egypt in December 1978. (AP Photo/Bill Foley)

A limo that belonged to former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and was reportedly given to him as a gift by ex-US president Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, is on sale online for some $108,000, according to a report in UAE’s The National.

The vehicle, a Cadillac S75 Fleetwood, was one of 900 ever built, the report said, and was popular among celebrities at the time, including guitarist Jimmy Hendrix.

The car was listed on the Dubizzle website by an Egyptian named Hisham Refaat, 37, who said he purchased it in a 2002 auction at a Cairo palace.

“The car has a lot of historical value. I’m surprised it didn’t end up in a museum. But I guess in Egypt we have our fair share of old stuff, so the museums are full,” he said.

Refaat maintained the car is in good condition, with a working radio and electric windows. Since buying it over a decade ago, he said he has rarely taken it out for a spin.

“I sometimes use it on a weekend to drive around, it attracts a lot of attention,” he said. “When there’s a wedding in the family, I use it for the ceremony.”

Sadat, who signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, was assassinated in 1981. In photos snapped during the last years of his life, the Egyptian president was seen waving from a Cadillac, but the authenticity of the online sale, or its links to Carter, could not be immediately verified.

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