Television huckster, best-selling author, automotive executive and on the top half of anyone's most eligible bachelor list, Lee Iacocca is about to take himself out of circulation. He is engaged to former stewardess Peggy Johnson, proving once again that airline attendants have an advantage in the husband market.

The 60-year-old Iacocca gave Johnson, 33, a ring during the Christmas holidays. He met her while he was heading the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Centennial Commission. Iacocca doesn't seem to be in a big hurry to marry, however. "I gave the girl a ring but marriage is not in the offing. I haven't thought about it. We'll see. I don't know if I'm ready. I've set no marriage date. I hope everything works out well, for myself and, of course, for her," he said.

Iacocca's wife, Mary, died in 1983 of complications of diabetes and heart disease. He has two daughters, Lia, 20 and Kathi, 25, who live here and run the Iacocca Foundation in Georgetown. The foundation plans to set up two fellowships -- one in Mary Iacocca's name to fund research in diabetes and the other in Lee Iacocca's name for a scholarship for engineering students.