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This bizarre 1986 Pontiac 6000 STE limousine is emblematic of the decade of excess that spawned it. Furthermore, it has a tenuous link to John F. Kennedy. Let's take a ride down memory lane.

This limo is no backyard mechanic special. It was built to exacting specifications by Hess & Eisenhardt, coachbuilders that specialized in limousine conversions.

In fact, Hess & Eisenhardt were so well regarded in the industry that they built limousines for the White House, including the one President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated on that fateful day in November, 1963. Hess & Eisenhardt were later called upon to repair that limousine and return it to service.

The 1980s were a wild time. Somewhere between Miami Vice and the Thompson Twins, the automotive industry was experiencing a cultural shift of its own. Front-wheel drive was gaining popularity, and the layout proved economical for both the manufacturers and vehicle owners themselves.

Gallery: Pontiac 6000 STE Limousine

During this time, General Motors in particular made great use of the front-engine, front-wheel-drive configuration to produce cushy luxury cars from Cadillac (one of the forerunners of front-wheel-drive technology in the late 1960s), Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.

Coachbuilders like Hess & Eisenhardt appreciated the packaging as well, as it streamlined limousine conversions (no need for an extra-long driveshaft) and allowed for additional passenger room.

This 1986 Pontiac 6000 STE limousine is packed with amenities, including a wet bar, a TV and VCR, a separate AM/FM/CD stereo in the rear, and a pair of car phones. Basically, it's got everything you'd expect to find in a limousine of this vintage, and all that's missing is a freshly permed prom date with a puffy dress.

Back in 2013, the appropriately named MiamiMillionaire uploaded a video of one of these Pontiac 6000 STE limousines to YouTube. It's a great way to relive your prom-night fantasies.

Source: coachbuilt.com, Underappreciated Survivors on Facebook, and MiamiMillionaire on YouTube

 

 

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