Just about anything that John F. Kennedy was associated with, in life or in death, has become very, very valuable. And now that list includes another one of the vehicles that transported the former president’s body after his assassination in 1963.
After what was described as a somber viewing for visitors to the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event, the 1964 Cadillac hearse that carried Kennedy’s body to Air Force One in Dallas was sold at the Arizona auction this weekend.
It sold for $160,000, four times what it would typically be worth, relayed one collector car insurance company president to CNNMoney, which reported the sale. A commercial real estate developer, Stephen Tebo, bought the vehicle, and will add it to his collection of over 400 cars. Even though the vehicle sold for a six-figure sum, it was once listed for $1 million on eBay, reported The Arizona Republic.
The hearse is just the latest JFK-related vehicle to be sold. In August 2010, a Kennedy White House limousine was auctioned for $390,000. And in January of last year, a 1963 Pontiac ambulance that carried the president’s body from Air Force One when in landed in Maryland was sold for $132,000, noted CNNMoney. At the time, the ambulance was said to be a fake by historians cited by Jalopnik. The ambulance’s new owner, Addison Brown, was quoted by Reuters saying that she had “no doubt” the vehicle was real.
Fortunately, according to CNNMoney, the authenticity of the just-sold 1964 Cadillac isn’t in question.