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President John F. Kennedy Riding in the 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine in Cork, Ireland, June 28, 1963600 viewsSubject Date: 28 June 1963
Summary: President John F. Kennedy greets his admirers as his motorcade travels through Cork, Ireland. His trip to Ireland was part of a 10-day tour of Europe in the summer of 1963. Kennedy's ancestors had immigrated to America from Ireland in the 19th century. During this visit he traveled to the Kennedy Homestead and other family sites.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Driver's Compartment after "Quick Fix," 1964386 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 limousine received a permanent roof with bullet resistant windows, and the interior was trimmed with new upholstery and carpet. The swift rebuild was finished in less than five months.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Side Panel Grab Handles, 1961404 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 Interior after "Quick Fix," 1964387 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 limousine received a permanent roof with bullet resistant windows, and the interior was trimmed with new upholstery and carpet. The swift rebuild was finished in less than five months.
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Loading 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine into C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, Andrews Air Force Base, 1964433 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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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine after "Quick Fix," 1964358 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. Titanium armor, bullet-resistant glass and tires, and a permanent roof improved the president's security. The modified car returned to the White House in May 1964 and remained in service until 1977.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine after "Quick Fix," 1964361 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. Titanium armor, bullet-resistant glass and tires, and a permanent roof improved the president's security. The modified car returned to the White House in May 1964 and remained in service until 1977.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Rear Bumper with Steps, 1961375 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, Rebuilding Body during "Quick Fix," 1964376 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. Titanium armor, bullet-resistant glass and tires, and a permanent roof improved the president's security. The modified car returned to the White House in May 1964 and remained in service until 1977.
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Interior of Converted 1961 Presidential Lincoln Continental Limousine, 1964424 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 limousine received a permanent roof with bullet resistant windows, and the interior was trimmed with new upholstery and carpet. The swift rebuild was finished in less than five months.
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Interior Detail of a 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine404 viewsUnited 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 1956 Cadillac. Ohio company O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt custom-built two of these convertibles -- Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II -- for presidential motorcade duty. They served Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine with Sunshade after "Quick Fix," 1964388 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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