Photo: Uruguay’s outgoing president Jose Mujica and incoming Leader Tabare Vazquez Show love for vintage cars


Tabare Vazquez and Raul Sendic wave to supporters in Montevideo on 1 March 2015

Tabare Vazquez (left) and Vice-President Raul Sendic waved to supporters from the 1951 Fordson lorry, Uruguay’s outgoing president Jose Mujica and incoming leader Tabare Vazquez put their love for vintage cars on display at Sunday’s inauguration ceremony. Mr Mujica drove to the ceremony in his 1987 sky-blue Volkswagen Beetle.

Mr Vazquez meanwhile paraded through the city following his swearing-in on the back of a 1951 Fordson lorry. Mr Mujica, a former rebel who leads an austere life, was dubbed “the world’s poorest president”.

‘Pauper president’ His VW Beetle, valued at $1,800 (£1,170), hit the headlines when it was the only asset listed on the annual personal wealth declaration of the then-president.

Jose Mujica leaves the Plaza Independencia after the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez on 1 March, 2015
Jose Mujica travelled to and from the inauguration of his successor in his now famous VW Beetle
 Jose Mujica gets into his Volkswagen Beetle after handing over the presidential sash to Tabare Vazquez in Montevideo on 1 March, 2015.
Mr Mujica said he was offered $1m for his blue VW Beetle last year
Jose Mujica with his dog Manuela on 25 February 2015
He jokingly said he kept the car for his three-legged dog Manuela In later years, Mr Mujica added half of his wife’s assets to the list, such as tractors and the farm they own. Throughout Mr Mujica’s presidency, the first couple lived at their humble farm on the outskirts of the capital, Montevideo, eschewing the luxuries of the presidential palace. Last year, Mr Mujica said an Arab sheik had offered him $1m (£650.000) for his VW Beetle. He said at the time he would not sell the car because he needed it to transport his dog Manuela, which only has three legs. There were conflicting media reports as to where Mr Vazquez’s 1951 Fordson truck came from.


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