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Presidential Motorcade, Berkeley, California, March, 1962718 viewsSubject Date: 23 March 1962
Summary: United States Secret Service agent Morgan L. Gies was responsible for White House vehicles from 1941 to 1967, serving five presidents. This photograph from his personal collection shows a motorcade with President John F. Kennedy riding in his 1961 Lincoln Continental. Agent Gies is driving the follow-up car directly behind the President's limousine.
Creator: Knudsen, R.L. (Robert LeRoy),
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Trunk Customization, 1961637 viewshe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. The firm stretched the car by 3 1/2 feet, added steps for Secret Service agents, and installed a siren, flashing lights, and other special accessories. The customization took approximately six months and the car arrived at the White House in June 1961.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Removable Transparent Top Sections Stored in Trunk, 1961526 viewsAs originally built, the 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine had three different roof options. A removable steel section provided privacy, clear plastic sections provided weather protection, and a completely open top gave the president maximum visibility. The plastic panels fit neatly into the trunk and were available whenever needed. None of the removable tops was armored.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Chassis under Construction, 1961501 viewsThe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. The firm stretched the car by 3 1/2 feet, added steps for Secret Service agents, and installed a siren, flashing lights, and other special accessories. The customization took approximately six months and the car arrived at the White House in June 1961.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine After "Quick Fix," 1964476 viewsAfter President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, the Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, rebuilt the 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into an armored car. The most prominent change was a permanent top fitted with bullet resistant windows around the sides and in the roof. The rooftop windows could be covered with a black vinyl top.
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Loading 1964 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, 1964614 viewsAround 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.
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President John Kennedy and King Hassan II of Morocco, in the 1961 Lincoln Continental Limousine, Washington, D.C., March 1963790 viewsSubject Date: 27 March 1963
Summary: Foreign policy was an outstanding aspect of John F. Kennedy's Cold War administration. Amid global political and military tensions, the president hosted many foreign leaders. This photograph shows Kennedy with King Hassan II of Morocco. The two statesmen met in March 1963 to discuss their nations' relationship and mutual concerns.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Extensive Chassis Changes, 1961457 viewsThe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. The firm stretched the car by 3 1/2 feet, added steps for Secret Service agents, and installed a siren, flashing lights, and other special accessories. The customization took approximately six months and the car arrived at the White House in June 1961.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Air Conditioning Unit after "Quick Fix," 1964481 viewsAfter President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963, the Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, rebuilt the 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into an armored car. The car's permanent top, fitted with several large bullet-resistant windows, caused the interior to get quite warm. An auxiliary air conditioning unit, installed in the trunk, helped keep temperatures comfortable.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Extensive Chassis Changes, 1961451 viewsThe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. The firm stretched the car by 3 1/2 feet, added steps for Secret Service agents, and installed a siren, flashing lights, and other special accessories. The customization took approximately six months and the car arrived at the White House in June 1961.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Wiring and Switches, 1961549 viewsThe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. The firm stretched the car by 3 1/2 feet, added steps for Secret Service agents, and installed a siren, flashing lights, and other special accessories. The customization took approximately six months and the car arrived at the White House in June 1961.
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Dallas Times Herald.784 viewsOriginal black and white photographic negative taken by Dallas Times Herald and United Press International newspaper photographer Darryl Heikes. This image shows the presidential motorcade progressing down Main Street. The motorcycle officer in the foreground is Bobby Weldon Hargis.
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