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Mystery of the North Korean Lincoln Solved

How the Supreme Leader got his last ride in a stretch Lincoln.

by on Dec.30, 2011

It's a real Lincoln carrying Kim Jong-il to his final rest.

Eagle-eyed–and certified car-nutty—auto enthusiasts have been mystified the last couple of days by an obvious anachronism in the funeral procession of Dear Leader Kim-Jong-il: a real, if elderly, Detroit Lincoln stretch limousine leading the parade, coffin on top.

Such a picture was circulated on December 27 by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DKPR) propaganda machine.

The first question was, is this for real or some cheap Commie trick? Everyone knows the U.S. is still technically at war with North Korea, only an armistice in 1953 having ended regular fighting. So how could a mammoth 1970s Lincoln have crossed the de-militarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas?

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I confess my eyes weren’t glued to the TV report about Kim’s funeral. But fellow auto historian and some-time co-author (Ford Dynasty: A Photographic History, 2002, Arcadia) Jim Wagner brought it to my attention.