Minichamps Paul's Model Art 1961 Lincoln JFK car 1:43

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  • Sold Date: Nov 15,2010
  • Channel: Online Auction
The Kennedy Car - 1961 Lincoln Continental X-100 Paul's Model Art, Minichamps Presidential Vehicle Series, #3 Limited Edition JFK trip to Berlin, 1963, Item #02
A very nice collectible here made by Paul's Model Art, Minichamps. This item was part of a highly collectable, 3 item series called the Presidential Vehicle Series. Item one was the same car, from John F. Kennedy's trip to Dallas in 1963. Item two was titled "Quick Fix", which was the L.B. Johnson Car, Lincoln Continental 1964. Item 3 is this one, a 1961 Lincoln Continental X-100 from John F. Kennedy's trip to "Berlin, 1963".
This is a highly collectable, out of print item. This is the rare, 1st issue of the item with a German flag. I believe they have made 3 issues all together. The other issues have some sort of blue flag in place of where the German flag is on this item. I did my research on this item thoroughly, and cannot find this item for sale anywhere on the internet. The minichamps website states that it is out of print. I know that all the 3 Presidential Vehicle Series cars were limited edition, but I am unsure of how many were made.
The model is in mint condition, has never been removed from the base, or case. The car is anchored to the base by three screws. The acrylic case has a few light scratches/scuff marks that can only be seen when held/tilted in certain light. This is an absolutely beautiful model with amazing detail.
"Dubbed X-100 by the US Secret Service, the Presidential Parade Vehicle began life as a stock 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible. Ford Motor Company and Hess & Eisenhardt, custom automobile builders of Cincinnati, Ohio, worked together to create the most modern open parade limousine of its day. Originally painted midnight blue, the X-100 was packed with numerous special features including two-radio telephones, auxiliary jump seats for extra passengers, interior floodlights to illuminate the president at night, and retractable steps for Secret Service agents. A hydraulically operated rear seat could be raised nearly eleven inches to give crowds a better look at the president and his guests. The most notable feature was a series of removable steel and transparent plastic roof panels that could be installed in various combinations from an enclosed hardtop to a totally open car. Oddly, the X-100 carried no armor or weapons because the purpose of the car was to make the president more visible, not to provide protection. That philosophy changed completely after November 22, 1963.

While it was best known for JFK's trip to Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963, it was also used to convey the President through the streets of West Berlin during his historic trip to the Berlin Wall. The Minichamps replica comes with seven figures; JFK, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, Mayor Willy Brandt, and four Secret Service agents. Comes packaged in a handsome acrylic display case." -

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