JFK – The Presidential Limousine in Dearborn

JFK – The Presidential Limousine in Dearborn

The limousine was riding in when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 is one of many pieces of history with a sad backstory. Even with its history, the car, a 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine, was repaired and put back into presidential use until 1977.

Following Kennedy’s assassination, the car received significant armor plating and a bullet-proof hardtop and its navy blue exterior was painted black. It resumed its role as a presidential limousine for President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1967 and later remained in service until 1978, when it was sent to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

John F. Kennedy was riding in this car when he was shot in 1963 / Image: Henry Ford Museum
The limousine that John F. Kennedy was assassinated / Image: Henry Ford Museum
The presidential limousine / Image: Henry Ford Museum

Following Kennedy’s assassination, the car received significant armor plating and a bullet-proof hardtop and its navy blue exterior was painted black. It resumed its role as a presidential limousine for President Lyndon B. Johnson until 1967 and later remained in service until 1978, when it was sent to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

SS-100-X (U.S. Secret Service code name for the presidential limousine) was originally a standard 1961 Lincoln Continental four door convertible built by the Ford Motor Company and assembled at the Wixom, Michigan plant.


Featured Image: John F. Kennedy was riding in this car when he was shot

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