History | September 26, 2020 6:30 am

Two of JFK’s Limos Slated for Presidency-Themed Auction

A pair of cars that literally made history

Limo
The auction includes a host of items associated with former Presidents.
Bonhams

Is there a place where automotive history meets presidential history? If so, a high-profile auction from Bonhams may reveal the location of where the two intersect. On October 14, an auction called The American Presidential Experience: The Collection of Jim Warlick, and Other Properties is set to begin. Among the items that will be available? A campaign flag featuring Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy’s flight jacket and a replica of the Oval Office.

There’s also the matter of a pair of Lincoln limousines, both associated with John F. Kennedy’s time in office. A report from Joe Lorio at AutoBlog provides more details about both Lincolns — including the proximity of one of them to a tragic day in American history.

One of the Lincolns is a 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Executive Limousine, which was used by Kennedy for White House business. It’s been modified in a number of ways, including bulletproofing and the addition of a two-way telephone. The second, dubbed “Limo One,” is a 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible. It was used on the morning of November 22, 1963 to drive the Kennedys and Texas’s governor, John Connally, to Fort Worth’s Carswell Air Force Base.

Neither Lincoln is cheap: the 1960 model is estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000, while Limo One is estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000. They’re both pieces of American history — albeit history laced with tragedy along the way.

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