Portland, OR— The Pacific Northwest is home to all manner of collector cars, with it's temperate winters and salt-free roads pairing nicely with monied collectors who might have secured their fortune in the tech biz or by designing running shoes. Today we spotlight two former US Government limousines, both with a connection to former Presidents.
1969 LBJ/Lady Bird Johnson Lincoln Continental Limousine
First up is a 1969 Lincoln Continental that was taken straight from the assembly line and shipped to Lehmann-Peterson for the conversion to Presidential duty. The car was delivered to Lady Bird Johnson for use at the family property in Texas during the final year of LBJ's Presidency, and "The Ranch Car" as it came to be regarded, continued to serve dutifully until purchased by it's present owner in 1977.
The car was put in service as a livery vehicle in Portland, Oregon running celebrities, musicians and industrialists to and from concert venues, on airport runs and generally living the easy life.
1965 Lincoln Continental Limousine Convertible Parade Car
Next is a 1965 Lincoln Continental that also began life as a staff limousine for use during the terms of LBJ, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before being sold off during Jimmy Carter's term as part of his promised reduction in government spending by reducing the Presidential Motor Pool. This car, too, was sold to the current Portland-based owner in 1977.
Originally fitted with a more appropriate somber black with a grey interior, it was converted for Parade Car use by chopping the top, painting the car white, adding red vinyl rear seats and white vinyl up front, and adding in a chrome grab bar for passengers to stand and wave to the adoring public. Other fitments owing to it's previous life as a Secret Service asset include grab handles and foot bars at the rear for agents to ride along and red flashing lights in the front bumper.
This passenger list for the combined cars is an impressive archive of who's-who in American pop culture.
Partial passenger list: Tammy Wynette, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, Jethro Tull, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Janis Ian, Gorge Benson, David Bowie, The Kinks, Supertramp, Seals & Croft, Bad Co., Pink Floyd, Marshall Tucker, The Tubes, Peter Frampton, J.Geils Band, Joan Baez, Waylon Jennings, K.C. & Sunshine Band, Chuck Mangione, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Bay City Rollers, Tony Bennett, Carol King, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Fleetwood Mac, Captain & Tennille, Beach Boys, YES, Donovan, Rush, Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, Doobies, Bill Blass, CSN, Neil Sedaka, Richie Havens, Hall & Oats, Steve Miller, Average White Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Phoebe Snow, Chicago, Robin Trower, Steve Martin, Andy Williams, Kansas, Johnny Mathis, William Shatner, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, America, Nazareth, Art Garfunkel, Wolfman Jack, Foghat, Patty Smith, Tom Jones, Journey, Proctor & Bergman, Little Feet, Doc Severinson, Boz Scaggs, Tom Petty, Leonard Nimoy, Kris Kristofferson, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Andy Gibb, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Cheap Trick, Little River Band, Bob Welch, Boston, Nantucket, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Foreigner, Brothers Johnson, John Denver, Bread, Kenny Loggins, Toto, Tanya Tucker, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Elvis Costello, Gene Autry, Styx, Liberace, Judy Collins, Moody Blues, Telly Savalas, Village People, Bee Gees, Charlie Daniels Band, ABBA , Cars, Jimmy Buffett, Jan & Dean, Gordon Lightfoot, Dan Fogleberg, Janet Leigh, War, ZZ Top, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Tosh, Barry Manilow, Lou Rawls, Sammy Hagar, Quarterflash, Air Supply, Loverboy, Righteous Brothers, The Police, The Go Gos, Scorpions, Triumph, Devo, Def Leppard, Men at Work, Kenny Rodgers, James Brown, Clayton Moore (Lone ranger), The Who.
We're informed that the owner is liquidating several fine, odd and unusual vehicles from his collection, and that these are just the first offerings. We hope to bring you coverage of some of the more unusual offerings as they become available.
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Disclosure: We are in the same local car club as the seller, who is representing the owner of both cars.
Story originally appeared on MotoArigato.com