The Auburn Auction

Lot 32
1967 Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson Limousine

Selling on Saturday Evening

1967 Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson Limousine
From the Collection of Noted Lincoln Collector and Restorer Gordy Jensen

CHASSIS NO: 7Y80G800108

• Ordered new by The Playboy Company for use at the Chicago Headquarters
• Rare Ford factory-authorized Lehmann-Peterson stretch limousine
• Original Lehmann-Peterson build-sheet documenting Playboy as original owner
• Excellent running and driving car
• Numerous original special features, including crystal bar set, TV, twin sunroofs and radio phone

462 cid OHV V-8 engine, 340 HP at 4,600 RPM, single Carter four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Turbo Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension and semi-floating rear axle with parallel leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 160

Nothing was too good for Hugh Heffner, so when it was time to purchase an executive limousine for his popular Playboy Club in Chicago, he selected one of the most impressive and expensive limousines available a new Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson stretch limousine.

After rigorous testing of a prototype by Ford, Lehmann-Peterson contracted with Ford in 1963 to create a limited number of specially modified cars with the intention of providing the most luxurious, well-engineered limousines on the market. The limousines were handcrafted with state-of-the-art coachbuilding techniques. At the factory, Ford would install a "Limousine Conversion Kit" consisting a beefier suspension with an added leaf spring in the rear and stiffer front coils, heavy-duty shock absorbers and larger tires. Lehmann-Peterson would then strip the car, cut it in half, and add a section between the front and rear doors. From 1964 on, this added section was 34 inches long, which produced a wheelbase of 160 inches. Ordering was done by picking out a car at a Lincoln-Mercury dealership and choosing from the vast Lincoln and Lehmann-Peterson options lists. Although Ford built the Lincoln Continental to extremely high standards of body rigidity, annual testing revealed that after conversion, the limousines were even stronger. Because of this, Lehmann-Peterson was the only coachbuilder granted the right to have its cars covered by the same Ford Motor Company warranty as the factory-produced cars. Furthermore, Lincoln began advertising the limos in its brochures starting in 1965. From the beginning, Lehmann-Peterson reached exciting new heights of luxury. For example, the eight-passenger seating arrangement allowed all rear passengers to face each other rather than stare at or talk to the back of someone's neck. The options list tested the buyer's imagination. After loading on what Ford had to offer, then came Lehmann-Peterson's list. From about 1964 to 1970, these carefully crafted cars were the preferred choice of many heads of state, movie stars, captains of industry, presidents, the Secret Service and even the Pope. Only a handful were constructed each year, all made to order.

This limousine was ordered new by The Playboy Company, as evidenced by the original Lehmann-Peterson factory build-sheet that accompanies the car. Special features include front and rear sunroofs, electric divider window, rear air-conditioning system, TV, switchboard, rotary phone and Motorola radio phone with original manuals. Additionally, it is optioned with the rare and desirable crystal bar set consisting of two crystal decanters and four metal cups with a tray. This limousine is presented in an un-restored patinaed condition; however, it has been properly serviced by its current owner for many years and runs and drives well. One can only imagine who may have ridden in this historic automobile, the conversations they may have had and the places it has been, whisking well-heeled party goers to and from the famous Playboy Club late at all hours of the day and night.

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