The Lincoln Continental used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight from Fort Worth to Dallas, sold for $318,000 on Oct. 24, according to RR Auction, based in New Hampshire.
The white 1963 Lincoln Continental (pictured above) was used to transport President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally from a breakfast and speech at the Hotel Texas ballroom through the streets of Fort Worth to Carswell Air Force Base, where they boarded their short flight to Dallas on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.
The automobile painstakingly restored by Lincoln specialist Baker Restoration of Putnam, Conn., with the engine having been replaced and body work and paint done as well. Most of the interior, including the red leather seats, is in its original condition.
A Classic 1960 Continental Mark V limousine from President Kennedy’s D.C. motor pool sold for $210,000.
Originally built by Hugh, this four-door bulletproof limo features a divider window, passenger air controls, power steering and brakes, and an uncommon two-way telephone in the back seat. Much of the body has been restored, to the tune of approximately $35,000. However, the interior remains in its original condition, with beige leather seats, matching carpeting and the telephone.
Jim Warlick, owner of the America Presidential Experience, a unique traveling presentation of exhibits that celebrates and brings to life the American presidency, purchased both vehicles. Warlick plans to add them to the exhibit. which can be seen in an upcoming special JFK 50th anniversary commemoration event at Love Field in Dallas.
Further highlights include:
* Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring sold for $108,000
* A pair of emblem-adorned rotary phones from the presidential suite at the Hotel Texas— which Kennedy used to make his Final Call, sold for $31,200.
* A very rare set of eyeglasses from all three Kennedy brothers, sold for $42,000.
* Kennedy’s personally-owned and used monogrammed brass shaving set, sold for $27,600.
For a complete listing of auction results from Camelot: Fifty Years after Dallas, RR Auction’s JFK-themed auction, go to the RR Auction website at www.rrauction.com.