For many Americans, November 22, 1963 has become synonymous with the day that the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while passing the Texas School Book Depository. Depending on which conspiracy theory one believes, the specifics pertaining to JFK’s assassin may or may not be accurate, but the events leading up to the President’s tragic death are well-documented and factual. In fact, some of these events might be of interest to automotive enthusiasts, especially fans of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
You see, before arriving in Dallas, JFK had breakfast and delivered a speech at the Hotel Texas ballroom in Fort Worth on the morning of November 22, 1963. Subsequently, the President, his wife Jacqueline, as well as Texas governor John Connally were driven through the streets of Fort Worth to Carswell Air Force Base, where they boarded a short flight to Dallas — an aerial journey that, regrettably, was to become JFK’s last.
Coincidentally, the vehicle that was used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight from Fort Worth to Dallas was none other than a white 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible. And it’s this very vehicle that will be sold during a live auction hosted by RR Auction, a New Hampshire-based auction house, later in October.
According to RR, the vehicle was loaned out by Bill Golightly of Golightly Auto Sales in Fort Worth for use by the president while he was in town, has been meticulously restored by Lincoln specialist Baker Restoration of Putnam, Connecticut, with the engine replaced and the body and paint repaired. Meanwhile, most of the interior, including the red leather seats, is in its original condition — a rather unique and uncommon circumstance for a 50-year-old vehicle.
The preview for the auction will take place October 19 – 25, 2013 at Sentry Ford-Lincoln while the live auction will take place on October 24, 2013. The addresses for the events are listed below.
Auction preview (free and open to the public):
October 19 – 25, 2013
4100 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA 02155
October 24, 2013
Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
Stay tuned to Motrolix as we learn how much the 1963 Continental sold for at auction.