In 1950, it was time to update the Secret Service fleet. Ford Motor Company built nineteen Lincoln Cosmopolitans to lease for the President of the United States. Using a standard Lincoln convertible, they extended the wheelbase from 125 to 148 inches, and added nearly a ton to the vehicle’s weight (to 6,450 pounds). Features included deluxe leather interior (with folding jump seats), an intercom system, searchlights mounted on the right and left windshield frame, and a power-operated top—making this extended limo the first seven-passenger convertible with this equipment. All this was powered by a 336.7 cubic-inch, 152 horsepower V-8.
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office, he requested an update for a custom Plexiglas cover. The top wasn’t bulletproof (nor was the body), but spectators had the ability to see the President during inclement weather. This modification unofficially dubbed the vehicle “Bubble Top.” President Kennedy used this limo for his inauguration in 1961. The fleet of Lincoln's understated-looking limousines remained in service until 1967. The “Bubble Top” can now be seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Highlights include: Die cast body, steerable rubber wheels, detailed interior, exterior and engine compartment, and national flags.
- Scale: 1:24
- 4.5"w x 4"h x 10.5"l.