1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by Ronald Reagan

Summary

President Ronald Reagan was getting into this car when he was shot by John Hinckley on March 30, 1981. The car carried Reagan to the hospital. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and George H.W. Bush also used this car. In 1982 the front sheet metal was updated, but since a 1982 grille no longer fit properly on the 1972 body, a 1979 grille was used.

President Ronald Reagan was getting into this car when he was shot by John Hinckley on March 30, 1981. The car carried Reagan to the hospital. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and George H.W. Bush also used this car. In 1982 the front sheet metal was updated, but since a 1982 grille no longer fit properly on the 1972 body, a 1979 grille was used.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1972

Subject Date

1974-1987

Creators

Ford Motor Company. Lincoln-Mercury Division 

Ford Motor Company. Research and Engineering Center 

PPG Industries 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

United States, Michigan, Wixom 

Creator Notes

Original vehicle was manufactured by the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company at the Wixom Plant; Ford Motor Company's Special Vehicles Engineering Department of Ford's Car Research customized the vehicle at the Research and Engineering Center, Dearborn, Michigan. PPG created the bulletproof glass (the delaminating glass was un-laminated (split) and scraped to remove the foggy degraded plastic coating that held the thick panes together in 2008).

Presidential Vehicles
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Presidential Vehicles

Object ID

92.104.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Armor plates
Bullet-resistant glass
Glass (Material)
Leather
Plastic (Organic material)
Plexiglas (TM)
Steel
Vinyl

Technique

Customizing

Color

Black (Color)
Gray (Color)
Medium gray

Dimensions

Length: 259 in

Wheelbase: 161 in

Width: 79.6 in

Height: 61.1 in

Weight: 10440 lbs  (This weight measurment was acquired during the 2008 window project that took place at Prestige Advance. The vehicle was weighed by Reliable Carriers, Inc. of Canton, Michigan. (DEM, 2008))

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