Lehmann-Peterson Coachbuilders: A Limo Legacy

Posted on March 12, 2014 by

George Lehmann and Robert Peterson with the Nixon Limousine.
George Lehmann and Robert Peterson with the Nixon Limousine.
The Lehmann-Peterson brand of limo coaches is best known for its classic stretches of 60’s era Lincoln Continentals. The vehicles have been used in many films throughout the years, most recently in Saving Mr. Banks. I posted a blog after seeing the movie, inquiring about the specific make and model of the vehicle used in the film, and was pleasantly surprised to see a Lehmann-Peterson enthusiast post a comment and linking to his website about the cars.

David Cline lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., and has been a long-time fan of Lehmann-Peterson vehicles since first purchasing a 1964 stretch back in 1974. Only costing $400 at the time, Cline bought the car to travel around the Midwest with a band which he was the sound engineer for.

 

Cline sold the ’64 in the late 70s, and then bought another Lehman-Peterson, a ’67 Lincoln Continental, in 2000, which he still owns. The purchase prompted him to start a website, www.lehmannpeterson.com, which he has maintained since its launch in 2000.

The website has lots of great information about these classic cars from the famous coach builder.

 

The site gives a quick history of the company, how it was founded in 1963 by Robert “Pete” Peterson and George “Skip” Lehmann, and includes overviews of the many different vehicles produced as well as a segment on the various television shows and movies that Lehmann-Peterson cars have been used in.

 

It turns out Lehman-Peterson the brand is still in operation today, producing Cadillac XTS-Ls. Another classic coachbuilder, Armbruster Stageway, which made a name for itself in the 70’s making two-tone stretches, is also still in business, crafting Cadillac hearses, limousines, and XTS-Ls out of its location in Fort Smith, Ark.

 

Check out Cline’s website at www.lehmannpeterson.com, and if you know of any other classic coach builders who have made their mark on the limousine industry, feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

 

— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor

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