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Lyndon B. Johnson was America’s 36th president and was known for cruising around his Texas ranch with the top down and scotch and soda in hand. Now you have the chance to own a piece of American history as LBJ’s 1964 Lincoln Continental will go up for auction in Rosansky, Texas thanks to Dan Kruse classics.
The 64′ Continental is all original, sporting a 320 HP, 430 cid V-8 engine and an automatic transmission. The Lincoln comes in creamy white with a tan interior, a perfect match for a cowboy like LBJ, who loved to ride in his full cowboy outfit while out cruising around his 1,500 acre ranch in Stonewall, Texas.
The car is currently on display in the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History, and will go up for sale on March 3rd, 2012. All the profits from the sale will go to the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation whose goal is to preserve the traditions and legacy of the President’s life.
Comparable 64′ Lincoln Continentals have been known to sell for upwards of $35,000, so who knows what this rare car will fetch on auction day.
The 1970s was definitely an interesting era, with good ‘ol disco all over America. And nothing was more luxurious and smooth back in the ’70s then a Lincoln Town Coupe.
Those looking to relive those days can now get their hands on this pristine 1978 Lincoln Continental with just 61,745-miles on the odometer and an asking price of $19,900. Finished in a Midnight Blue Metallic shade on the outside, it’s the Saddle interior that we can’t get over on this retro resale, with the back seat looking like it came out of a VIP room in a 1970s strip club.
Under the hood, this 1978 Lincoln Continental is no slouch either, featuring Ford’s 460-cubic inch V8 mated to their indestructible C6 three-speed automatic transmission. What’s even crazier is reading off the list of options that is on this Continental, giving it a big-dollar price back in 1978: illuminated entry system, defroster group, tilt steering wheel, cruise control, 6-way power bench seat, dual map light, AM/FM/8-track stereo, interval wipers, appearance protection group, right-hand remote control mirror, power lock convenience group, forged aluminum wheels and body side moldings.
This awesome throwback to the disco era would definitely make for a great conversation piece, imaging packing five of your friends with yourself and taking it out on a cruise in town.
GALLERY: 1978 Lincoln Continental V8
[Source: RK Motors]
Pope Paul VI was the first pope to travel the world, visiting Asia, Africa, and the Americas extensively. When he came to the USA for the first time, he needed something fitting to represent the Catholic Church—and this Lincoln Continental served nicely.
This Continental was built upon a request from the Vatican, who needed a ride for Paul VI’s address to the United Nations in 1965. To fulfill the order, coachbuilder Lehman-Peterson built it in just two weeks. They stretched it to 21 feet and added a removable roof section, with a PA system to address the huddled masses and a removable transparent window, more to shield the pope from the weather than from the likes of Carlos the Jackal.
When Pope Paul VI came to New York, he addressed the United Nations, attended the World’s Fair, and witnessed a Yankees game, to the chagrin of Red Sox fans. After his whirlwind New York tour the Pope and his Continental went to Bogotá, Colombia, where the car was modified to fit in with the city’s 8,000-ft elevation.
The car never made it back to Italy after the South American trip, but rather to Chicago where, given the right series of events, it could have become the Bluesmobile. Instead, it carried a series of astronauts: Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anderson after they orbited the moon, and then the Apollo 11 crew after the 1969 moon landing.
Just another example of a Lincoln Continental becoming part of world history. And this bit of history could be yours at Pebble Beach, where it will go up for auction on August 19th. Auction house Bonhams believes it will go for $250,000 to $350,000, which seems low for a car that’s a genuine holy roller.
GALLERY: 1964 Lincoln Continental Pope Mobile
[Source: New York Times]
Ford‘s plan to invigorate the Lincoln brand is starting to come into focus as the automaker appears ready to introduce a new flagship model inspired by the iconic Continental badge. According to two sources involved in the recent Lincoln dealer meetings in Detroit, the dealers were shown a large luxury sedan as one of seven new models planned for Lincoln. The only other known model is the recently released MKX crossover.
Ford has made it clear that it wants to elevate Lincoln into a tier-one luxury brand in a bid to compete with European and Japanese luxury automakers like Mercedes and Lexus. Ford’s rivals at GM have made similar claims about Cadillac, with plans to produce a flagship of their own based on the XTS Concept.
Normally an automaker wouldn’t share so much information with its dealers, but Ford’s decision to do so is the result of a shaky future for the Lincoln brand. By showing a list of concept models, Ford is hoping to not only get feedback from its Lincoln dealers but to assure them of a bright future for the brand. Ford is also hoping to gain the confidence of its dealers as it asks them to invest in their facilities in order to increase customer satisfaction and attract younger customers.
With sales last year of just half that of Lexus, Lincoln is finally starting to build competitive vehicles with the new MKX featuring more power, better fuel economy and some high-tech gadgets.
[Source: ABC News]