Papal Lincoln Limo Exhibited At America's Car Museum

Posted on February 26, 2013 by

1964 Lincoln Continental Limousine customized for Pope Paul VI.

A 1964 Lincoln Continental converted by Chicago-based Lehmann-Peterson into a 21-foot long limousine is now on display at America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., where it will call home for the next three months. This piece of limousine history is also part of Vatican history, as the Catholic Church asked Ford to provide Pope Paul VI a limousine for his visit to New York City, where he would address the United Nations at Yankee Stadium.

Lehmann-Peterson equipped the pope's custom Continental limousine with running boards for the pope's Swiss guards, a raised seat, removable roof, a fold-down transparent landaulet-style rear window and bulletproof shield.

This limousine would be used again in 1968 for a Papal visit to Columbia after receiving a complete restoration and engine modifications to deal with the city's extreme altitude. In the same year, the limousine paraded the astronauts of Apollo 8 through Chicago after their historic trip around the moon, and would do the same for the crews of Apollo 11, 13 and 15.

The car was sold in 2011 at an auction to an anonymous collected for $220,000 and is now on loan to America's Car Museum.

If the new pope, whomever he may be, decides he wants a little more luxury than his current Popemobile affords, what car do you think he'll want from today's options? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Michael Campos, LCT associate editor; FoxNews.com

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