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Re: LBJ's 1964 Lincoln Sells for $94,000

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  • Ram Lau
    Sounds like a very LBJ thing to do for him. For this auction, I can almost hear him yelling at Lady Bird, Some sucker bought our old car for 94 grands! You
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 20, 2005
      Sounds like a very LBJ thing to do for him. For this auction, I can
      almost hear him yelling at Lady Bird, "Some sucker bought our old car
      for 94 grands!" You know, the typical LBJ.

      Ram


      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
      wrote:
      > He also liked drink beer when he drove.. Since that
      > was against the law, he had it changed and so, for
      > about 20 years, Texans were able to drink and drive
      > legally. We used to call it 'LBJin' it.'
      >
      > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > ---------------------------------
      > http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/article.adp?id=20050818234209990002
      > LBJ's 1964 Lincoln Sells for $94,000
      > HOUSTON (Aug. 19) - A Lincoln Continental convertible
      > once owned by
      > former President Lyndon B. Johnson sold for $94,000 at
      > auction
      > Thursday night in California.
      >
      > Rik Pike, a spokesman for Christie's, said the sale
      > price doubled the
      > pre-sale expectations. Pike couldn't immediately say
      > who purchased the
      > vehicle or whether a Texan was the high bidder. But he
      > said a number
      > of Texans had expressed interest in the car.
      >
      > In 1964, when the car was new, the base sticker price
      > was $6,938.
      >
      > Johnson was known for driving his cars around his Hill
      > Country ranch
      > like all-terrain vehicles, scaring the cattle.
      > Historians say he loved
      > to drive and drive fast. And he often drove in a white
      > Lincoln
      > Continental convertible.
      >
      > The Lincoln was among 48 other cars up for auction.
      >
      > "In collecting terms, having an interesting ownership,
      > it's hard to
      > put a value on that," said Mark Donaldson, a
      > Christie's car
      > specialist. "But it does make the car more attractive
      > than one that
      > was owned by just an average Joe."
      >
      > And 1960s-vintage Lincoln Continentals are seldom
      > found in such mint
      > condition because they can cost more to restore than
      > they are worth,
      > Donaldson said.
      >
      > Historian Hal Rothman talks about Johnson's love for
      > speed in his
      > book, "LBJ's Texas White House."
      >
      > "All cars of any substance in those days were big and
      > powerful, driven
      > by men who saw themselves as big and powerful," he
      > said. "Your car was
      > a reflection of your manhood."
      >
      > Rothman said that driving fast, sometimes off-road,
      > gave Johnson a
      > release from the pressures of Washington.
      >
      > The car that was auctioned was one of Johnson's fleet
      > of Lincoln
      > convertibles; the Lyndon B. Johnson National
      > Historical Park outside
      > Johnson City has 1966 and 1967 models on display,
      > among other vehicles.
      >
      > Austin lobbyist Nick Kralj owned the car for more than
      > 15 years,
      > selling it about five years ago to a fellow Texan whom
      > Christie's
      > officials identify only as "a private owner."
      >
      > 08/18/05 23:39 EDT
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