Back in the glory days of Camelot on the Potomac when John F Kennedy took office as the 35th President of the United States. Ford Motor Co. gave a brand new white 1961 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible to Jackie Kennedy for her own personal use.
This historic Lincoln convertible has been part of the very short years of the Kennedy administration that is filled with both glory and horror and now will be heading to the Mecum Auction which will be part of the Pebble Beach Concours this august at Monterey, California.
After it served the first lady, the Continental has been fully restored and they have removed all of the Secret Service gears that was fitted for the safety of Jackie Kennedy while she was riding it in around Washington, D.C. It made its way to Lanham, Maryland and was then bought by Steuart Ford. The purchase if fully documented and also comes with a letter made by the vice president and general manager of the Maryland dealership.
Mecum has estimated the value of the Lincoln convertible between $100,000 and $125,000, which is around twice the price of a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible with no historic value as listed in the Hagerty Price Guide.
The 1961 Lincoln Continental had a complete restyle and stood out as a personal luxury car. Today, it is one of the most iconic mid-century classics that featured the plain and simple style during its time. Ford was really hopeful in making the Lincoln Continental an iconic personal luxury car that was part of the Kennedy White House but unfortunately, it was forever stained by the blood of the Dallas assassination.
Although this Continental was restored several years ago, it seems that it was done very well and everything is still holding up. It white finish it still glowing and the black and white interior seems to be in great condition. It has been restored to its original setup with all of its luxury features and power before the Secret Service added some security features.
The two-ton Continental is powered by a 430 cid V8 engine that can produce up to 300 horsepower. The V8 is connected to a 3-speed automatic transmission. It features a set of period correct wide whitewall tires and full wheel covers.
For anyone who is interested in this historic car, watch out for it during the Mecum collector car auction which will be from August 18 to 20 at the Del Monte Golf Course.
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