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Up For Auction – 1964 Lincoln Continental (Popemobile)

1964 Lincoln Continental Popemobile

A truly unique car will be auctioned on August 19th at the Bohams’ Quail Lodge sale in California.  The organizers hope to get between $250,000 and $350,000 for this 1964 Lincoln Continental Parade Limousine that was developed for Pope Paul VI.

This excellent stretched Continental was commissioned by the Vatican for Pope Paul’s historic New York visit in 1965 to address the UN on world peace. The car was used in 1968 during the pope’s visit to Bogota, Colombia with the occasion of the 39th Eucharistic Congress.

The car was retired in the beginning of the 1970s but before that it was used by President Lyndon B. Johnson in Detroit, but also in Chicago where it was used in order to convey astronauts from the crews of the Apollo 8, 11, 13 and 15.

The wheelbase of this ’64 Continental was stretched to 160 inches so the car has an overall length of almost 21 ft. Lehmann-Peterson, the coachbuilder, executed other changes to the limo, installing exterior step plates as well as handrails for the pope’s Swiss Guards. In addition, he fitted the Continental with more seats, additional interior lightning, a raised seat for the pope and auxiliary power that comes from a seven battery pack. It also comes with a removable roof section, a roof-mounted auxiliary windshield and a transparent rear landaulet roof.

This won’t be the first time when the car is going to be auctioned as the last time it happened was in 2006 when it fetched $319,000.

Source: Inside Line

One Response to Up For Auction – 1964 Lincoln Continental (Popemobile)

  1. James says:

    Does it really worth $319,000? It is definitely a huge amount, for a used 1964 model in my opinion.

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