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2 limos JFK rode in expected to rake in $800,000 at auction this month

  • Two Lincoln Continentals that transported President John F. Kennedy will cross the auction block October 14 through Bonhams. 
  • The 1963 Continental President Kennedy rode in the morning before his assassination could fetch up to $500,000, according to pre-auction estimates. 
  • The bulletproof 1960 Continental Mark V that the president used for personal jaunts around Washington, DC, may rake in up to $300,000. 
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President John F. Kennedy’s convertible Lincoln Continental limo lives in infamy as the car the 46-year-old president was shot in on November 22, 1963 in Dallas. That car is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, but two other Lincolns JFK rode in are up for sale this month. 

Carrying an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, the last car to safely transport the president — a 1963 Continental that he and first lady rode in the morning of the assassination — will be auctioned off by Bonhams on October 14. Also up for grabs is the 1960 Continental Mark V that served as President Kennedy’s personal car, which can be yours for roughly $200,000 to $300,000. 

The pandemic may have dealt a blow to global markets and resulted in unemployment levels not seen in decades, but the classic-car market is still going strong. Many large auction houses — Bonhams included — quickly pivoted to online-only events, brokering some of the most expensive web-based car sales ever.

In June, a 2003 Ferrari Enzo sold for $2.6 million through RM Sotheby’s, becoming the priciest car ever sold online. That record was broken a mere three months later, when a 1966 Ferrari raked in just over $3 million through Gooding and Company. 

The Lincoln Continentals crossing the block next week likely won’t set any sky-high records, but in any case, you can take a closer look at the historically significant cars below.

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