If you’re a history buff and an automotive enthusiast, you’re in luck as a 1963 Lincoln Continental has popped up for sale on eBay.
While Continentals of this period are known for their iconic design, this isn’t your typical model as it has been modified to look like the 100-X presidential limo used by President Kennedy during his fateful trip to Dallas in 1963.
Looking just like the real thing, the convertible has an extended wheelbase, a rear step bumper and prominent grab handles. The car has also been equipped with presidential seals, parade flags and Hess & Eisenhardt badges. The attention to detail goes even further as the listing notes the model has “the correct 1957 Lincoln Premiere hubcaps, which replaced the Mark II hubcaps that were originally on the X-100 when it debuted in 1961.”
The interior is immaculate and features two-tone upholstery and wood trim. A wide bench resides up front, while the rear passenger compartment has two jump seats and another bench.
Motivation is provided by a 7.0-liter V8 engine that is connected to a three-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. The seller also said the car has “received a great deal of mechanical and cosmetic restoration work” and was recently featured in an exhibit of presidential cars from around the world.
The seller is asking $125,000 (£96,607 / €111,465) for the model, but noted trades would be considered.
Interestingly, this Continental looks more authentic than the real car which is housed at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Following Kennedy’s assassination, it became painfully obvious that having the President ride in a convertible was a terrible idea. As a result, the 100-X was extensively modified and equipped with armor plating, bulletproof glass and a fixed roof.