Eisenhower Presidential Limousine on the Auction Block
A vintage 1955 Cadillac Series 75 limousine once used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower is slated to be auctioned off in Arizona in January. On Jan. 18, the presidential limo will be on display at the Arizona Biltmore, where it will be auctioned by RM Auctions. While most presidential limos are manufactured to transport the President and other heads of state, this limo was crafted specifically for the First Lady.
This beauty rolled off Cadillac’s Fleetwood production line in 1955 as an eight-passenger Imperial sedan and was customized to the First Lady’s (and the Secret Service’s) exact specifications. The limo featured state-of-the-art amenities for the day, including these:
- Tinted glass
- Power brakes
- Rear compartment radio
- Heating and air conditioning controls in the passenger cabin
- Leather bench seating
- Sliding glass panel between the passenger cabin and the chauffeur’s compartment
- Various security features
Many of the presidential modifications including a sunroof equipped with a grab rail for parades and removable rear roof section from a Series 62 Coupe de Ville were performed by custom automaker Hess & Eisenhardt of Rossmoyne, Ohio. This limousine served the White House for several years until it was replaced by the Lincoln Continental presidential limo that transported President Kennedy one very ill-fated day in November of 1963 in Dallas, TX.
The limo was sold in 1958 to French collector Olivier Delafon, who had it in his collection until he sold it to its current owner, an unknown European collector, in 2006. This classic limousine is expected to sell for $120,000 to $150,000, not including a buyer’s premium of 2.5 percent to import it back into the U.S.
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