JFK Hearse Being Auctioned

by on November 17th, 2010
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One of the most famous vehicles in American history is going on the auction block. It is the 1964 Cadillac hearse used to used to transport President John F. Kennedy’s body to Air Force One following his assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

The hearse is being auctioned on Saturday, January 21, 2012 during the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 15-22, 2012 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

“It’s an honor to be able to offer a vehicle of this stature,” said Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. “While its duty was solemn, it was also extremely important and played a crucial role in transporting the president so he could be laid to rest.”

In 2011, Barrett-Jackson auctioned the ambulance used to transport JFK’s body from Air Force One to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

According to the Barrett-Jackson Auction company’s press release: The white 1964 Cadillac hearse is chassis 64Z000050, which was mated to body #64001. It was built by the Miller-Meteor Company in time for display at the National Funeral Home Directors Association Convention in Dallas in October, 1963. It was purchased by the O’Neal Funeral Home in Dallas at the close of the trade show.

A few weeks later, on Nov. 22, 1963, the President was mortally wounded and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The O’Neal Funeral Home was summoned to supply the finest casket it had available, as well as an appropriate conveyance.

The Cadillac hearse then made the historic trip, transporting the President’s body and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy from the hospital to Love Field, where Air Force One was waiting to transport the casket to Washington, D.C.

The eyes of the world were on this car on that unforgettable day in American history,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s one of the most significant and historical vehicles ever offered for sale.”

The O’Neal Funeral Home retained the hearse for several years, until it was purchased by Arrdeen Vaughan, who is believed to have been an employee at the time of the Kennedy assassination. Vaughan owned the car for more than four decades, until it was sold privately to its current, third owner.

Barrett-Jackson is currently accepting bid applications, from both private collectors and museums which want to display an important part of American history.

The Lincoln limousine in which JFK and the First Lady were riding that fateful day, along with Texas Governor John Connolly and his wife, is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn,Michigan.

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