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Four interesting details about the JFK assassination sedan as an original set of keys are up for auction

THE original keys to John F. Kennedy’s (JFK’s) 1961 presidential limousine in which he was assassinated are being auctioned for a starting bid of $7.5,000.

Here are some fascinating details about the former President’s infamous modified 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible.

Image of the original 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential car keys up for auction

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Image of the original 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential car keys up for auctionCredit: 2022 Heritage Auctions

A rare lease upgrade

The 1961 Lincoln Continental was originally leased before receiving numerous White House-led upgrades.

The White House leased the vehicle for $500 a year and spent $200,000 outfitting the car alongside Ford.

Dallas News reports that modifications in the 1961 Cadillac included:

  • Six-piece roof system consisting primarily of clear plastic panels that stowed in the trunk
  • Rear seat that could be hydraulically raised more than 10 inches to improve occupant visibility
  • Two cellular phones
  • An additional length of 3.5 1/2 feet
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These upgrades are rare because the average lease doesn’t allow for customization.

JFK’s wearable “bubble top” wouldn’t have saved him

The detachable clear bubble panels on the Lincoln Continental’s roof were unequipped when Lee Harvey Oswald JFK shot and killed.

Gary Mack, the late curator of the Dallas Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, told the Dallas News that the panels didn’t save the president because they weren’t bulletproof.

JFK’s successor drove the same 1961 Lincoln Continental

JFK’s successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, drove in the same vehicle that JFK was shot in after JFK’s death, due to Ford not having enough time to make a new car.

It took Ford an average of four years to produce a new US presidential vehicle.

Ford chose to make some quick modifications to the vehicle rather than start from scratch.

These hasty modifications cost $500,000.

The 1961 Lincoln was eventually retired a year into Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

President John F. Kennedy in the presidential limousine before his assassination alongside his wife Jackie

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President John F. Kennedy in the presidential limousine before his assassination alongside his wife JackiePhoto credit: Getty

Various conspiracy theories surround the Lincoln Continental

JFK’s murder and conspiracy theories go hand in hand.

But you may not have heard of that one conspiracy theory surrounding the 1961 Continental.

Speaking to the Assassination Records Review Board during his 1994 research stop in Dallas, Gary Mack said, “Every vehicle in the motorcade that day was connected to a cellular network, and he says the Secret Service monitored the chatter from a room in the Adolphus.” Hotel. The transmissions were fed into Air Force One and presumably the White House communications agency.

“Where are the tapes? Nobody knows,” says Mack.

A lack of audio evidence at the crime scene adds to the mysteries surrounding JFK’s assassination.

The auction site reports that the keys, along with a photo of the sedan and a small plaque that reads “Nov. 22nd, 1963 Dallas, Texas SS 100X”

Texas SS 100X was the sedan’s code name.

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The keys are in good condition with slight signs of wear and will be delivered with a notarized letter of provenance.

Another set of keys for the sedan was sold at a previous auction in 2013 for $31,600.

You can bid on the keys through Heritage Auctions.

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Chris Barrese

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