Last week, on November 22nd, the United States and the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. While this event had countless political implications in America and repercussions beyond the Iron Curtain, one of the images our collective memory most easily remembers is that of a black Lincoln Continental convertible passing through a joyful parade, moments before the unbelievable happened.
Over the years and countless replays of this short piece of film, the car became one with the tragedy. It was after all a crime scene, and it was in everybody’s sights as Mrs. Kennedy leapt on the rear deck to save herself and the motorcade sped away.
In many international markets, for whom perhaps the car represented America perhaps as much as Mr. Kennedy’s youth and success story, the Presidential Lincoln was even prominently featured on the poster for the movie “Parkland” which actually covers what happened at Parkland Hospital in the moments and hours following the tragedy.
The thing is, in the minds of many people, the car, being as we said a crime scene, would have been removed from the fleet, put away in a museum right away or maybe even carefully destroyed. But things didn’t happen that way and Jalopnik.com did a little write-up of the car’s origins and destiny after that fateful day. It’s a good read, and certainly an interesting addition to the coverage we have gotten from the media last week.