But it's small price to pay for a piece of American history.
America has one of the richest automotive histories in the world, and despite the current global financial crisis, rare cars are still being sold at auction for record prices. A recent listing by auctioneers Bonhams has made headlines for being one of the most unique it has had in recent memory. The car in question is none other than late President John F. Kennedy's personal Lincoln Continental limousine. What makes this vehicle so special is the fact that it was the car that drove JFK, Jackie, and Texas Governor John Connally to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth on the infamous morning of November 22, 1963.
The car was built on November 3, 1963, and was loaned by Bill Golightly to the presidential convoy as an official vehicle, and was named "Limo One", denoting its importance. The car was to transport JFK and his wife during their time in Fort Worth. This was the last car JFK drove in before stepping into the SS-100-X, the official presidential car at the time, and the same one that would take him to Dealey Plaza. The Lincoln on sale was restored by Lincoln specialist Baker Restoration of Putnam, Connecticut, and has received a new engine, a respray, and a brand new red leather interior.
The limousine was offered as part of Bonhams' American Presidential Experience Auction which included JFK's original government-issue Air Force One Bomber Jacket which sold for an astonishing $250,075 at auction to a Mr. David Powers. The historic Lincoln was the real winner in this auction, selling for $375,075; the top lot of the sale. Darren Sutherland, Senior Specialist, Bonhams Fine Printed Books, and Manuscripts, said: "We are delighted with the sale of this historically important automobile. There was so much excitement and interest surrounding it, and we're pleased it generated much enthusiastic bidding."