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By Steve Brawley

1961 Lincoln Continental (SS-100-X)

This is the most famous car in U.S. history. Since this was the car in which John F. Kennedy was riding in on November 22, 1963 when he was assassinated, it will forever be entangled with tragedy. Still, it's a car worth appreciating outside the context of that grim day. The deep navy blue color was part of JFK and Jackie's new "branding" of the Presidency, along with the "blue" theme for Air Force One.

Starting with the truly beautiful, new-for-1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible, Hess and Eisenhart of Cincinnati stretched the car a total of 33-inches both between the front and rear doors and behind the rear doors to both add space to the passenger compartment and make the car a true limousine. A metal hoop just behind the driver and over his head gave the President something to hold onto while standing during parades (as Kennedy did while visiting Germany during the summer of 1963). In addition, the rear seat could be raised in order to give crowds a better view of the President. Power came from a standard 430-cubic inch Lincoln V-8.

After the assassination, the SS-100-X was rebuilt, armored, fit with a permanent bulletproof hardtop, and returned to the presidential fleet. Though superseded by another Lincoln in 1967, both presidents Johnson and Nixon used the SS-100-X before it was retired to the Henry Ford Museum in 1977. The company also made a car in 1962 for Jackie.



Jackie's 1962 Lincoln Continental (297-X)


Jackie's 1961 Crown Imperial

For Jackie's use, the White House leased a 1960 black Crown Imperial Ghia limousine. She was often

photographed near this car. And it was, in fact, the lead limousine in President Kennedy's funeral procession.

Chrysler described these elegant vehicles

in its advertising as follows:

"The styling theme of the Imperial line has been set against a background of sweeping length. Front end appearance is

distinguished by a grille of unique texture, and refinement of detail has been executed in medallions, tail lights,

and other ornamentation in keeping with the quiet dignity of this custom-crafted automobile.

The doors extend into the curve of the roof line and blend smoothly with its contour to add an original styling note

and provide generous door openings for ease of entry and exit. The distinctive stepped rear canopy is covered in black

leather to match the black exterior paint on the limousine.

Two unique designs of interior trim arrangement have been specially created for the Crown Imperial Limousine.

Available in either gray or beige, the designs are executed in the finest quality broadcloth. Glove grade milled leather,

cabinet woods, and tastefully styled metal mouldings are used to accend the basic design. Sheared mouton carpeting in

matching gray or beige covers the passenger compartment floor. Eight-passenger seating is provided by jump seats

which fold flush with the compartment partition when not in use.

All chauffeur compartments are finished in narro-piped black leather, and the floor is covered with fine nylon

carpeting in matching black. Luggage compartments, too, are completely carpeted." The car leased to the White House

was uniquely fitted with a black interior exclusively for Jackie.

Jackie's 1974 BMW (Passing Lane Motors Photos)

Jackie's 1992 BMW (Sold at Sothebys)

The "Jackie" Inspired Caddy

The unique 1961 Cadillac ‘Jacqueline’ Coupe, which was created by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in honour of America’s First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, the year that her husband, John F Kennedy, was elected President of the United States, is to be sold in Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais on 5 February 2011.

The 1961 Cadillac ‘Jacqueline’ Coupe, which was first displayed at the same venue as this sale, the Grand Palais,

during the 1961 Paris Salon, has attracted a pre-sale estimate of €200,000 – 300,000.

One of four Cadillac-based styling exercises made by Pininfarina between 1958 and 1961, the car enjoyed time on the show circuit in the early 1960s, before being consigned to the Pinnfarina Museum where it remained for the next thirty years.

In the mid 1990s, it was bought by the President of Cartier and noted car collector, Alain Dominique Perrin, who sent it

to the U.S. to be made roadworthy on a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz chassis.

JFK's 1963 Lincoln

1961 Lincoln Continental White House Staff Car

JFK's 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

JFK's 1961 T Bird (Seeking Photos of JFK in this Car)

JFK's 1957 Cadillac Limo (Purchased by Joe Kennedy)

Joe Kennedy's 1954 Packard Caribbean

JFK and Jackie touring around in an MG on their 1953 Honeymoon in Acapulco

Newport (Driving a Mercury Marauder)

On Squaw Island. (Driving a Mercury Marauder)

Jackie with Prince of Greece 1961

JFK Leaving Church in Hyannis Port 1961

Touring Gettysburg 1963 (Driving a Mercury Marauder)






Steve Brawley (314) 740-0298