/How presidential cars changed from Kennedy shooting to modern Beast – Business Insider

How presidential cars changed from Kennedy shooting to modern Beast – Business Insider


  • President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963 while riding in an open-topped Lincoln Continental.
  • In the decades since Kennedy’s assassination, the president’s car has been totally redesigned, prioritizing security.
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It is a picture of one of the darkest moments in American history. In it, a US Secret Serviceman climbs onto the back of the open-roofed Lincoln Continental where President John F. Kennedy lies fatally wounded. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is attempting to clamber from the vehicle.

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Jackie Kennedy and a Secret Service agent react moments after President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963.
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Moments before, as Kennedy was waving at crowds in Dallas, Texas, the fatal shots were fired from a nearby multi-storey book depository. 

The assassination on November 22, 1963, shocked the world — and also led to a total rethink of how the presidential cars are designed. 

The open-roofed Lincoln Continental left the president uniquely exposed, and future models enclosed the president in ever-thicker layers of armor and protection. 

Below, Business Insider looks over the evolution of the presidential limo in the last four decades. 

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