BY GERRY MILES
New Hampshire auction house RR Auction is offering two wheeled pieces of JFK history with a loaned Lincoln that took the First Family to the airport for their fatal trip to Dallas, and a Lincoln from the White House motor pool.
The auction commences in public on Oct. 24 and bids are up to $30,000 online (www.rrauction.com).
The limo was initially offered to the Kennedy Library but declined due to space constraints. It was then donated to Kirkland Hall College in Easton, Maryland. A letter to the institution’s president provides additional background information regarding the car, in part: “I spoke to Mr. Campbell Schmidt Jr….an official of the Washington office of the Ford Motor Company. He told me that President Johnson had switched all the White House cars…As a result the Ford Motor Company was going to sell this car and at my wife, Mary’s, insistence I purchased it on the spot.…The late president who had been exceptionally gracious to our son…who had attended the White House school…It is because of this association that I had the opportunity to meet the late president and to know in fact that he did use this car for his own personal uses in contrast to the official use of the larger White House limousine.”
The large Lincoln was later sold in a fundraising auction by the college to George W. De Franceaux, who leased it to the Allstate Exhibit Company for a lengthy exhibition “of the John F. Kennedy automobile.”
It was then displayed at the Museum of American Tragedy in St. Augustine, Florida, until the museum’s owner passed away in 1998, at which time it was sold at auction. A classic, show-worthy car with excellent association to the president.