Here is a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Limousine of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States. It is a personal Limousine of the president who amid all the criticism and difficulties, not only implemented NATO but also Fair Deal, a comprehensive plan that included nationwide medical insurance, public welfare services, increased minimum wages, farmers’ aid, improvements in social security and reforms in civil rights.
This Truman’s extremely special, custom made, oversized Lincoln Limousine has an exclusive Secret Service men’s running board and a well-polished, padded leather top with ample amount of headroom. Built according to the instruction and desire of Harry S. Truman, this limousine is one of the nine custom-made.
This 1950 Lincoln is one of the nine custom-made limousines that were built according to the instructions and desire of the Harry S. Truman. Weighing more than 6,000 lbs, this seven-passenger car rest on the extended frame with a 145 inches wheelbase and measures 240 inches in total.
The 1950 Lincoln Presidential Limousines, leased to the government by Ford Motor Co., replaced the ageing pre-World War II White House fleet that Truman obtained when he rose to the presidency following the death of Roosevelt in 1944. Truman went for Lincoln over Cadillac after GM rejected his car demands during his presidential bid, which he was predicted to fail.
Under Lincoln supervision, the renowned limousine and professional cars builder, Henney Motor Company built special limousine bodies. In order to handle the stretched bodies, the production 125-inch wheelbase Lincoln Cosmopolitan frame was extended 20 inches. To build the extended body frame, the Lincoln coupe and sedan body parts were fused together. The roof was lifted seven inches to enable highest-hatted passengers to get access. The Presidential cars were painted in black, covering the surface with a black pyroxlin-coated landau-grain sheet.
Restored in late 1990s, this Limousine was exhibited in a museum in Florida until purchased by a professional car collector in 2001. At the 2002 annual international conference of the Technical Automobile Society, this Lincoln even received a first-in-class trophy.
The leather-trimmed chauffer compartment of the Presidential Car is distinguished by a divisional window from the luxuriously decorated cloth-upholstered rear cabin. With two fresh-air heaters, the driver’s standard under-hood unit up front and the rear-passenger ‘s custom trunk-installed unit. On the rear deck, a separate ventilation inlet directs the outside air to the rear heater. This standard 1950 Lincoln 152hp L-head V-8 is rightly fitted with an automatic four-speed Hydra-Matic commercial service that is supplied by Cadillac.
This well-restored, historically significant and most remarkable American head-of-state motorcar, authenticated by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, is sure to turn heads whenever and wherever it arrives.
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