Imagine if you could own a piece of automotive, political and fashionable history? Well, you will be able to in August when a 1961 Continental that none other than Jacqueline Kennedy – wife of former US president John F. Kennedy – used to drive. Just imagine if the Lincoln could talk – it would sure have some interesting stories that it could tell.
The convertible Lincoln, which was loaned by Ford to the White House for the First Lady’s personal use and which was one of the most glamorous cars of the Sixties, will go under the hammer at Mecum’s Monterey sale this year. The Lincoln, which was is still practically new due to the tragically short presidency of her husband, had a massive 430 cubic inch (7.0-litre) V8 mated to a three-speed automatic powering the rear wheels making 300 horsepower. It was loaded to the hilt and featured everything from power steering, power brakes, electric windows, an electrically powered roof, cruise control and more such as a Secret Service-mandated under-dash radio. However, that has long since been removed.
The 5,395mm long car was originally intended for John himself to use but since he had a whole fleet of Continental he passed the white drop-top on to his wife. It was later sold by the White House to the Steuart Ford dealership in Lanham, Maryland and it underwent a full restoration to original condition. It is documented with a copy of a letter written by Ronald W. Young, the vice president of the company, and if you want a pretty special fourth-generation Conti with suicide rear doors, here’s your chance. We aren’t aware of a guide price for this classic with modernist styling but due to its connection with the Kennedys – and the fact that it’s really cool in its own right – when the hammer eventually falls on this one, you can be certain it won’t be for a steal.