Eisenhower presidential limousine comes to auction



2015-06-26 10:56:07

Eisenhower presidential limousine comes to auction

A pristine 1955 Cadillac series 75 limousine boasting the provenance of President Eisenhower’s term will be sold by RM Auctions on January 18.

The classic car was created especially for the White House during Eisenhower’s term, intended to transport the First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, from day to day, as well as being available for parade duty.

An eight-passenger Imperial sedan, the original features of the car included power brakes, tinted glass, a rear compartment radio, heating and air conditioning.

Hess & Eisenhardt then modelled the car for state duty following its manufacture, fitting a rear roof section from the Series 62 Coupe de Ville, and a sunroof with grab rail for parade duty.

The car remained in the possession of the White House, until replaced by the Lincoln Continental that served the Kennedy administration.

The original White House cars are extremely popular motors, and the Eisenhower vehicle, having been hidden away in Europe for over twenty years, is expected to provoke great interest when it returns to America in January. It will be offered at RM with a $120,000-$150,000 estimate.

The car is the latest Cadillac of several to be offered at the auction. A 1931 Cadillac V-12 Town Sedan by Fisher is valued at $100,000-$125,000. A 1932 Cadillac V-16 all-weather Phaeton by Fisher is expected to fetch $250,000-$300,000. A 1934 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood is valued at $650,000-$850,000, and a 1935 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood is expected to fetch $85,000-$115,000.


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