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Robert Peterson, seated, and George Lehmann discuss cost estimates for their bid on a special coachbuilding project. They bid on several hundred such one-off jobs each year, in addition to their limousine work with Lincoln-Mercury.

Lehmann-Peterson was founded in 1963 when Robert "Pete" Peterson met George "Skip" Lehmann. Robert Peterson was in auto racing and for many years he was a chief mechanic building racers for use in the Chicago area. George Lehmann at the age of 21 had recieved a large inheritance from his father who died in Boston's Coconut Grove Night Club fire.

In a small Chicago garage on Harlem Avenue they took a 1963 Lincoln cut it in half and added a 34 inch stretch. They also added their plaque which read "Executive Limousine by Lehmann-Peterson". Only one prototype was constructed in the Harlem Avenue garage. (When production began, operations were moved to a shop at 2710 North Sawyer Avenue and one on Armitage Street)

Ford was impressed with the 1963 prototype especially the seating arrangement which created a conversation area atmosphere. Ford kept the car for further testing being concerned about safety and the strength of the frame with the additional length. Then on February 25, 1964, after 40,000 miles of testing, Ford and Lehmann-Peterson reached an agreement.

From a July 1964 Road & Track at the New York International Auto Show.

It was first displayed (above) at the New York International Automobile Show in April, 1964. Over the next 6 years Lehmann-Peterson produced around 600 limousines. The exact number is unclear and varies from several different sources (see charts on Stats page)

The Lehmann-Peterson limousines were built for many government official, business executive, and numerous celebrities including Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason, Spencer Tracy, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Sophia Loren, Jerry Lewis, Robert Vaughn, Victor Borge, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis and even a custom built 1964 "Popemobile" custom built for Pope Paul VI for his visit to New York City and the United Nations Assembly. Many also found there way in Movies and Television Shows.

In 1970 only 19 Executive Limousines were produced, Ford for various reasons terminated their relationship with Lehmann-Peterson and along with financial problems, the doors were closed. Moloney Coachbuilders absorbed all assets of the company (it is now called Scaletta Moloney Armoring).

On April 6, 1972 at the age of 34, George Lehmann died in Cook County Illinois from an inoperable brain tumor that was the result of an earlier accident while on his sailboat. Robert Peterson went on to work for Moloney Coachbuilders and passed away in 1995.

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George Lehmann & Robert Peterson with the Nixon Limousine
Thanks to Perry & Peg Peterson for these photos and information.

Robert Peterson with President Johnson
(Although commonly known as the Nixon limousine it was actually accepted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968)

Thanks to Vern Schutters who worked at Lehmann-Peterson from 1965 until they closed in 1970. Vern was a repair specialist at L-P and is providing and verifying valuable information which will be used on these pages.

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Harvey Schofield
Harvey passed away on April 30th, 2010 at age 74.
We thank him for all he has done for Lehmann-Peterson limousines.

SOLO Patient Travels “Happy Highway” on Final Road Trip

Harvey Schofield's Lehmann-Peterson Continental Limousines

From Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, posted March 14, 2011

In June of 2009, Harvey Schofield entered one of his prize-winning vehicles in a local car show in Cherry Hill to benefit Samaritan Hospice’s Veterans Outreach Program. Harvey’s cars held quite a distinction and he typically entered (and ran) regional and national meets. Impressively, Harvey owned three of the remaining six Lehmann-Peterson Continental Limousines produced from 1964-1969 that were shorter than the standard 34’, an accomplishment he called “a modern miracle because it’s so statistically improbable that anyone of modest means could acquire that many of the remaining cars.”

Harvey would not typically enter local car shows, “but this one benefited veterans,” he said, “So I gave it a try.” Though he had been diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Harvey was still feeling well enough to carry on with his normal activities. “I stopped by the Samaritan table” said the 74-year old Marlton resident, “and picked up a brochure to learn more about Samaritan just in case I ever needed them.” By late December ’09, his doctor advised him that the time had come to seek the help and comfort a hospice could provide rather than continuing curative treatments that were proving ineffective. Thinking back to his car show brochure, Harvey chose Samaritan.

When Samaritan began caring for Harvey, he lived in the home he had shared with his wife Elaine until she passed away – two weeks shy of their 45th wedding anniversary in 2004. His daughter Miriam and her husband Paul live locally with their son Paul Junior (PJ), who served as a great help to his grandfather during his illness. Harvey wanted to stay in his home, where he could be comfortable and close to the cherished items he had spent his life finding, acquiring and caring for.

Harvey enrolled in the SOLO (Samaritan Option for Living as One) Program which allows patients to stay in their homes even when there is no caregiver there for most or all of the time. His specific needs were assessed and with his interdisciplinary team, Harvey devised plans should the time arrive when he could not stay by himself in his home.

Gratified with the “immediate response by Samaritan’s clinical team and the quality of its people,” the retired industrial facilities design engineer used his time on Samaritan’s service to organize his affairs and stay as active as he could for as long as he could. He even put together a table of the things he cherished most – some of his trophies, Lionel trains, his wife’s hummels and photos of his family arranged in just the way he wanted them to be displayed at his memorial service. Ever the engineer, Harvey conceived a formula to describe his last months of life under Samaritan’s care: HS + SH = HHHH. When asked to translate the formula, he said, “Harvey Schofield plus Samaritan Hospice equals Harvey’s Happy Highway to Heaven.”

During his final weeks, Harvey attended his final car show – a showing of his prize cars in his driveway to John and Deborah Giacoboni, organizers of the Veterans Car and Bike Show that Harvey had attended nearly one year earlier. “He’s loving this,” said his daughter Miriam. “It’s like his last hurrah!”

Harvey Schofield died peacefully on April 30, 2010 in the Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly, NJ. In the days prior to his death, he learned of a special honor. “This year’s 6’6” Best in Show Trophy in the Original Car and Truck category will be dedicated to Harvey Schofield,” said organizer John Gioccoboni. "Somewhere on Heaven’s Highway, Harvey’s driving a Lehmann-Peterson Lincoln and smiling".

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