1939 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt


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This was the first car built expressly for presidential use. It was nicknamed the "Sunshine Special" because President Franklin Roosevelt loved to ride in it with the top down. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 the car was returned to the factory where it was equipped with armor plate and bullet-resistant tires and gas tank. The "Sunshine Special" was retired in 1950.

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  • Title: 1939 Lincoln Presidential Limousine Used by Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Date: 1939/1950
  • Date Created: 1939
  • Location: United States, District of Columbia, Washington
  • Subject Keywords: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945, Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972, United States. President, United States. Secret Service, United States presidents, Parades, Presidential automobiles, Armored cars, Limousines, Convertibles, Automobiles, Lincoln automobile
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Automobile
  • Object ID: 50.11.1
  • Image ID: THF106523
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division.


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