Hooniverse Weekend Edition: A Bubble Top Lincoln Continental connected with President Kennedy goes to Auction

While 100-X is well known as the car in which President Kennedy was assassinated, a second 1962 Lincoln Continental with presidential connections goes on the block this August at Pebble Beach. Read more after the jump…

Yes, this is the second post for an RM featured car this weekend, and this one is just as special as the Aston Martin, with a bit more historic provenance. As Rich Truesdell writes in his posting about this particular car:

Known simply by its Secret Service designation 297-X, the vehicle was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s favorite when it was part of the White House pool. In addition to the First Family, other notables who have taken a ride in 297-X include Pope Paul VI, Mrs. Lopez Mateos, the First Lady of Mexico, President Lyndon Johnson and Luci Baines Johnson, Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Spiro Agnew, President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda, and the Apollo astronauts and their wives. Given such a passenger list, 297-X is one of the most important parade cars in American history–and very probably the most important example available to private collectors.

RM will feature this car at their 25th annual Sports and Classics event, one of the highlights of the week surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Read more about this stunning car at Automotive Traveler. The RM Auction catalog has not been updated for this event, but click here for a lot of images of this historically significant car.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Neat car. Dad had a black '63 Lincoln sedan. I just hope that the air conditioning was better then stock on the featured car, especially with that bubble top. The A/C in Dad's car wasn't all that great.

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      the A/C may not have been great…. but those wing windows gave us something that modern vehicles cannot… moderate airflow through the cabin area without blowing your hair in your face (for those of us with "slightly longer than normal" hair) and… well… who cares about what they may have given us.. or taken away. i miss wing windows!!!!!!!!

      1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        I have those vent windows on an old F150, and they are awesome!!! (I think that's what you mean at least)
        crack open for a bit of ventilation, or open all the way, so it directs a jet stream of air inside the truck!

  2. CptSevere Avatar

    Can't get much more awesome than this. My favorite Lincoln bodystyle with a Kennedy kicker. Whoever buys this needs to get with the Pima Air and Space museum in Tucson to get permission to do a photoshoot of this Lincoln next to Kennedy's Air Force One. That would look great. Yeah, you can walk through the plane, see the whole thing.

  3. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    Wing windows for the MF WIN!!! anyone who has a chance to look at the original manual from a 60's or 70's lincoln has to appreciate the fact that there are at least 4 cig lighters.. and ash trays.. and the manual actually refers to the center console/dashboard ashtray as a "cigar tray" it's not for those plebian cigarette smokers… it's meant, from the factory, for cigars!
    on a disgusting note.. a '77 conti-towncar will hold the ash of 1.5 cartons of ciggs… (and then i told my friend that it was f*ckin' gross.. and yeah, it might hold more.. but dump it out!!!)
    ahhh high school…………..

  4. dmilligan Avatar

    You'd need one helluva an A/C unit in that thing, with that huge plexiglass area in the rear. On a sunny day I bet that thing is hell to ride in for any length of time.
    I like wind wings too, but they wouldn't help the poor bastards riding in the back.