An important piece of automotive history combined with political and fashionable history? The 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible used by Jacqueline Kennedy sure has some interesting stories to tell.
Mecum’s Monterey sale in August will include a 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible that was previously loaned to the White House for Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal use. Ford Motor Company was obviously happy to loan the car to White House Garage and it was used by Mrs Kennedy – all through the iconic but tragically short John F. Kennedy presidency. It was capable of delivering the First Lady – 300 horsepower came out of the 430 cubic-inch V8 motor, also packing standard amenities such as power steering, brakes, windows, and top, plus optional cruise control, and full-size wheel covers. There were even things such as a Secret Service-mandated under-dash radio, but that one is long gone.
Following the White House stint, the Continental was acquired by the Steuart Ford dealership in Lanham, Maryland and has been restored to original condition a few years ago. With the white of the Kennedy car really befitting one of the coolest generations of the Continental, the incredible history of the model will surely provide a definitely entertaining bidding battle. We’re sure the clichés will go on forever with this model…and we only hope we could hear the stories it tells.