What does Santa Claus drive when he’s not delivering presents?

By Colin Wood
Dec 16, 2022 | Christmas, Discussion, Holiday, Santa Claus, Santa

Photograph Courtesy BMW

Sure, Santa Claus pilots his iconic sled on Christmas Eve, but what does he drive the other 364 days of the year?

Do you think Santa prefers to keep a simple two- or three-car collection in a small garage, or do you take him as more Jay Leno-style collector, warehouse and all?

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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/16/22 12:01 p.m.
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/16/22 12:27 p.m.

J.A. had a good point: If Santa does have a good-sized collection, he certainly has plenty of elves to help maintain the fleet.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/16/22 12:28 p.m.

AWD-converted Bugeye Sprite on Mattracks, red with white interior.

calteg SuperDork
12/16/22 12:57 p.m.

Red E30 wagon

Tom1200 UberDork
12/16/22 1:13 p.m.

A 73 Plymouth Valiant.......................in 1984 I was leaving a girlfriends house and Santa pulled up next to me in a green 72 Plymouth Valiant 4 door.

wspohn SuperDork
12/16/22 2:11 p.m.

Clearly Santa would use a Riley Elf.....


Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/16/22 2:14 p.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Best answer! But incomplete, he would obviously have a fleet of Elfs (Elves?).

Jay_W SuperDork
12/16/22 2:23 p.m.

When he's still up there at the Pole at work, he rocks a Sherpa. But when he vaycays in Florida or the Med, he has the elves deliver his SL Merc to him. 

1988RedT2 MegaDork
12/16/22 2:34 p.m.

This one is easy.  He goes from the red sled to the lead sled, also in red:


VolvoHeretic GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
12/16/22 6:07 p.m.

Instead of that plain jane M1 he was drive the BMW concept car.


Appleseed MegaDork
12/16/22 7:07 p.m.

Uncle David (Forum Supporter)
Uncle David (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/16/22 7:28 p.m.

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/16/22 7:40 p.m.

A 2Runner?

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
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12/17/22 8:30 a.m.
A 401 CJ said:

A 2Runner?

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ClearWaterMS Reader
12/17/22 8:42 a.m.

he drives a mercedes benz AMG GTS with mans best friend


mr2peak Dork
12/17/22 10:30 a.m.

Puddy46 Reader
12/17/22 10:54 a.m.

I like to think his summer home has a Fiat Jolly at the ready.

MotorsportsGordon Dork
12/17/22 11:12 a.m.

Oapfu GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/17/22 11:21 a.m.

This was used at the South Pole rather than the North one, but it is still pretty 'cool'


Otherwise: VW Dasher; Benz Blitzen; Mercury Comet; TVR (or BMW, or Daimler) Vixen, Tartan Prancer, Haima Cupid... and something diesel.

earlybroncoguy1 Reader
12/17/22 9:58 p.m.

A sled, man - you know, a sled? A real charp chort - lowered to the ground, twice pipes, candy apple red, button top ......ooo, clean!

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/17/22 10:27 p.m.

Naturally, the Antarctic Snow Cruiser.

That's why it has never been found since it was left there - Santa took it and stashed it in his garage under the ice. Plenty of room for presents. 

(true story, it was driven halfway across the US before it was loaded on a ship to go to the Antarctic...)

QuasiMofo (John Brown)
QuasiMofo (John Brown) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/17/22 11:14 p.m.

He walks a lot.

Brotus7 Dork
12/18/22 8:09 a.m.

For some reason, I always envisioned jolly old St Nick cruising around in a TR3 or Morgan when not piloting his sleigh.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/19/22 9:43 a.m.

I definitely feel like Santa would have at least one of every car mentioned so far.

There's no way he doesn't have a collection, right?

Scotty Con Queso
Scotty Con Queso SuperDork
12/23/22 7:44 p.m.

In June of 2019, I saw Santa driving a 4-door Ford Escort (red, of course) in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. I think he was working the summer as a roofer. 

Driven5 UberDork
12/24/22 2:34 a.m.

I'm pretty sure he drives a first gen 4 Runner. That way even if the reindeer can't get through, he can still deliver the presents Hungary Bill style.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
1/3/23 12:13 p.m.

Why am I envisioning a big-boat, red Caddy Eldorado from the early 1970s? It seems fitting for a Santa.

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
1/3/23 12:47 p.m.

I can see that 


J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
1/3/23 1:05 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

I can see that 


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