Re: LBJ's 1964 Lincoln Sells for $94,000
- 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.
--- In email@example.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
> 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:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> officials identify only as "a private owner."
> 08/18/05 23:39 EDT
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