Writing from India, one of the stops in his nine-month honeymoon, Nelson Rockefeller could hardly contain his enthusiasm for his favorite wedding present. Along with politics and modern art, fast cars would remain a life-long passion:
February 5, 1931
I'm so thrilled about the new Lincoln that I don't know what to do. Can Mr. Gumbel arrange to have it delivered before we get back so we can have it first thing? We would like the following:
Car -- 1 Lincoln with Le Baron convertible roadster body.
Paint -- Black all over with six chromium plated wire wheels with an aluminum paint stripe running the length of the body and hood.
Excesories -- On trunk behind
Upholstery -- Black leather with a set of covers of lighter color (same for the wheels on the side).
Top -- This was to be of a tannish (light) colored cloth.
If you can arrange, I'll be a friend of yours for life. I get so excited just writing about it that I don't know what to do. I really think it is going to be the smartest car in New York.
Oh! One more thing! Can you have my initials -- just plane in block letters done on the aluminum paint -- on both doors.
[Rockefeller’s original spelling and grammar are retained. From The Rockefeller Century: Three Generations of America’s Greatest Family, by John Harr and Peter J. Johnson. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988]