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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson in Presidential Limousine, 1964646 viewsPresident Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson sit in the 1964 presidential limousine. This is the same 1961 Lincoln Continental that President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated in November 1963, but with major modifications. Kennedy's convertible received a permanent roof, bullet-proof glass, and armor-plating. It remained part of the White House fleet until early 1977.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Trunk after "Quick Fix," 1964441 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 back of the car's rear seat was plated with 3/8-inch thick titanium, and the fuel tank was lined with urethane foam able to suppress an explosion.
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President Kennedy and Emperor Haile Selassie in the 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine, Washington, D.C., 1963648 viewsForeign 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, taken just six weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, shows a parade for Ethiopian emperor Hail Selassie I. The two statesmen met in October 1963 to discuss their nations' relationship and mutual concerns.
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Dashboard, Converted 1961 Presidential Lincoln Continental Limousine, 1964450 views After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy during a November 1963 parade, plans were made to overhaul his presidential limousine - a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible. Among many changes, Ohio company Hess and Eisenhardt re-armored the passenger compartment, added a permanent top, and reinforced additional components. The converted car, completed in May 1964, remained in the White House fleet until 1977.
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Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane during Loading of 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine, 1964435 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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Back Seat Detail of a 1956 Cadillac Presidential Limousine477 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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Dallas Times Herald.724 viewsOriginal black and white photographic negative taken by Dallas Times Herald and United Press International newspaper photographer Darryl Heikes showing the presidential motorcade turning from Harwood Street onto Main Street in downtown Dallas. Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, assigned to Jacqueline Kennedy, occasionally rode on the rear bumper of the president's car, as seen in this image, when the crowds grew heavy
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Hoisting the 1956 Cadillac Presidential Automobile Aboard USS Taconic, March, 1957448 viewsWhen the President travels abroad, United States Secret Service agents ensure that state cars arrive ahead of him. In this photograph, USS Taconic takes on President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cadillac for a visit in Bermuda with British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. The Secret Service began using transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles a few years later.
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1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine, Steel Plate Floor Added during "Quick Fix," 1964419 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 floor was reinforced with 1/8-inch thick steel plate to protect against blasts from grenades or mines. Other portions of the car were armored with 3/8-inch thick titanium plate.
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Loading 1950 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, circa 1960464 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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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine, Creating Model for Customizing the Removable Tops, 1961390 viewsThe Hess & Eisenhardt Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, transformed a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible into the presidential limousine. Among the unique modifications was a removable clear roof consisting of multiple plastic panels. Customizers designed the roof panels to stack neatly into the limousine's trunk where they were available whenever needed. The panels required careful, precision work.
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Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Customization, Chauffeur Partition Hatch in Front Door Jamb, 1961456 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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