1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousine news, pictures, and information
In 1950, the fleet of presidential cars were looking outdated. With War time over, and the automobile community back in full force, a total of 10 presidential limousines were ordered by the white house. 9 examples were closed limousines, and the final example was fitted with a removable Plexiglas top which allowed the president to see and be seen even in bad weather. The 'bubbletop' soon became the name for the whole car. The car was built by the Ford Motor Company of Dearborn, Michigan with the coachwork handled by Dietrich.
The Bubbletop Limousine has a folding 'bug shield' to protect the president's face when standing during parades. In the back was a platform for the Secret Service agents. Power was from a V-8 L-head engine that displaced 336.7 cubic-inches and produced 152 horsepower. The weight was 6,500 pounds. In total, there were 10 Lincoln limousines produced for a total cost of $500,000.
The car was used by Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lynden B. Johnson (as a spare).
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