1962 Lincoln Continental Towne Limousine
Chassis No. 2Y82H424232
President John F. Kennedy’s Car!
This car entered service in August 1962 as a Ford Motor Company executive livery car based in New York City. In addition to President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy the limousine carried other notable passengers such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Chief Justice E. Warren, Lee Iacocca and the families of Eleanor and Henry Ford II. The significance of this particular limousine is its participation in one of the most historically significant eras of the 20th century. In his third and final year in office, Kennedy announced the Cuban missile crisis was over and turned the nation’s attention to the new frontiers of outer space. Along the way, this car often carried Kennedy and visiting dignitaries to several historic speaking engagements, delivering his message of hope and prosperity to fellow Americans and the rest of the world. On a cold and wet November 15, 1963 this car was summoned by the Secret Service for an important goodwill mission in New York City. Kennedy attended two conferences that day in this very car – the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). Tragically, this would be his last trip to New York City and his last words to labor. Seven days later, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas riding in another Hess & Eisenhardt built limousine – the X-100.