Dan Kruse Classics, one of the world’s premier boutique collector car auction houses, has announced the opportunity to bid on Henry Kissinger’s personal Lincoln Continental Limousine at the 42nd Annual Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas on September 10, 2016. Diplomat Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State under then President Richard Nixon, winning the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for the Vietnam War accords. He was instrumental in the signing of a ceasefire agreement which ended the direct conflict but remained controversial over his “peace and honor” strategy which prolonged the war for four years. Kissinger continued to play a pivotal role in American foreign policy serving under President Ronald Reagan where he was appointed to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America and he also served on President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under Presidents Reagan and Bush.
Henry Kissinger stands out as the dominant American statesman and foreign policymaker of the late 20th century. He was known for his tough, skillful negotiating power which earned him as many critics as it did admirers.
One of Kissinger’s more famous quotes: “Only rarely in history do statesmen find an environment in which all the factors are so malleable; before us, I thought was the chance to shape events, to build a new world, harnessing the energy and dreams of the American people and mankind’s hopes.”
The 1966 Henry Kissinger Lincoln Continental Limousine transported Kissinger, numerous diplomats and world leaders to important events and appearances throughout Kissinger’s lengthy career in public service. The vehicle was purchased directly from the U.S. government and is equipped with bulletproof reinforced glass and was Kissinger’s personal limousine. Features of the limousine include a 462 cid engine, automatic transmission completely rebuilt engine, transmission and drivetrain and a Lehman-Peterson conversion. The limousine has blue exterior and black interior.
Other vehicles to be offered at the highly-anticipated September auction include a collection of ten very rare low production Corvettes, a Glenn Pray second generation 1967 Cord 810 Convertible, a 1954 Ford F1 Custom Pickup, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, a 1966 Ford CAV GT40 Coupe, a 1940 Lincoln Continental Convertible, a 1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SL Roadster, a 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe Woody Wagon, a 1941 Willys Street Rod Coupe, a 1931 Ford Hi Boy Roadster and many more vehicles in the vast array of classic cars to be offered. The auction will also include a 1949 Harley Davidson Custom Panhead Chopper and a 2012 Royal Enfield Bullet Moto Motorcycle.