John Kennedy limousine goes under the hammer
At the auction house auction Bonhams put up one of two limousines Lincoln, designed for US President John F. Kennedy.
The American government ordered Ford to prepare special cars for the president and his escort in 1961. The main requirements were an open top and large doors for ease of embarkation and disembarkation. The limousine received a base of Lincoln Continental and a body produced by Hess & Eisenhardt, which in the late 40s already made the car for the then US President Harry Truman.
Presidential Lincoln Continental, weighing more than 3.5 tons, equipped with an eight-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. The car's body was equipped with special steps and handrails for the security service, as well as fixtures for state and presidential flags. For the Lincoln, seven different roof options were provided, some of which were transparent. In total, two cars were produced.
After the Kennedy assassination in 1963, a limousine in which the president was shot dead was sent back for revision. Bullet-proof glass, titanium armor and a fixed roof were installed on it.Subsequently, this car drove the American presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter. In 1977, the car was written off and transferred to the Ford Museum in Detroit.
The second limousine, which will go under the hammer, was acquired by its current owner (a private collector, whose name is not called) in 1985. The cabriolet completely went over the engine, transmission and radiator, after which he traveled a total of 650 kilometers.