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Lincoln limos among Kennedy items in Bonham’s presidential auction

Two historic Lincoln limousines with President John F. Kennedy, which he drove in on the day of his assassination, will be offered for sale on October 14 in New York during Bonhams’ live / online auction for American Presidential Experiences, just three weeks in advance of the Presidential election.

The 1963 white Lincoln Continental Convertible, dubbed “Limo One,” which carried the President and First Lady in Fort Worth on the morning of November 22, 1963 with Texas Governor John Connally, has an appraised value prior to that Auction of $ 300,000 $ 500,000.

President Kennedy, the First Lady and Texas Governor John Connally are driven at Lincoln in 1963. Archive photo

Borrowed from Bill Golightly of Golightly Auto Sales for the Fort Worth tour, the Lincoln took the Kennedys and Connally to the Texas Ballroom Hotel, where Kennedy gave his final speech, and then to Carswell Air Force Base, where they boarded the Flight went to Dallas.

The other Lincoln is a 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V. President Kennedy’s executive limousine for personal travel in Washington, DC. The Mark V was specially equipped by Hess and Eisenhardt for use by the President with bulletproof doors, partition windows, passenger air control and a two-way telephone in the back seat, which was an unusual luxury for the time.

kennedyThe Lincoln Continental used by Kennedy in Washington, DC in 1960

The car was sold in March 1964 to James C. Walsh, a doctor who had known John Kennedy. Walsh confirmed in a letter that “He [President Kennedy] I used this car for his personal use as opposed to the official use of the larger White House sedan. “

A $ 200,000 to $ 300,000 body restoration was carried out on the Lincoln’s body, but according to Bonhams, the interior is original.

Several unusual collectibles from the Kennedy years will be auctioned, including two models that gave a glimpse into the life of the President.

kennedyThe display model of the Boeing 707 Air Force One

Kennedy was known as the first president of the jet age when Air Force One became a Boeing 707, and a full-scale replica of the aircraft that was used as a public display will be among the auction offers.

“The replica includes the entire cockpit, the workstations of the crew members, The state room where Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president and the president’s quarters, ”Bonhams said in a press release. “It recreates, down to the smallest detail, the original designs of Raymond Loewy, who created the distinctive blue livery that has been used on all Air Force One aircraft since then.”

The exhibit is valued at $ 200,000 to $ 300,000.

The Oval Office replica was used as a television prop

Equally impressive is a full-scale model of the White House’s Oval Office, “complete with wood panels, a fireplace, and furniture, including a full-scale reproduction of the fine-wood Resolute Desk,” says Bonhams.

The replica, which was used on television programs like Saturday Night Live and The Today Show, is valued at $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.

A more personal item from the Kennedy plays is the Air Force One leather bomber jacket that originally belonged to the President. The government-issued G-1 flight jacket with the President’s seal sewn on was given by Kennedy to his close friend and “special assistant” David Powers during Kennedy’s tenure.

The president’s aviator jacket is valued at $ 200,000 to $ 300,000.

Kennedy gave the leather jacket to his close friend David Power

Bonhams will host the Presidential Experience Auction, which will include a number of other historical items belonging to the President, with a live auctioneer on the podium in the Bonhams showroom on Madison Avenue and will be streamed live on the Bonhams website. The bids are accepted online, by telephone or by telephone by means of an absence bid.

The Kennedy limousines can be viewed October 9-11 at the Simeone Foundation Automobile Museum in Philadelphia, then by appointment at the Motor Car Manor in Ramsey, New Jersey.

Visit the Bonhams website for more information.


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