Bidding on History: JFK’s Ambulance Up for Auction

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Secret Service agents and local police examine the Kennedys' limousine as outside of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

JFK Library/Cecil Stoughton/The White House

Want to own a piece of American history?  One of the most historic vehicles in national history is about to go up for sale. All you’ll need is a Kennedy half-dollar…or two…

The ambulance that carried Kennedy’s body as it arrived from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland will go up for auction later this month.

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Following Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination, the battleship gray 1963 Pontiac Bonneville transported the president’s coffin to Bethesda Naval Hospital for an autopsy.

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“Not only did the ambulance transport JFK following his untimely death, it’s one of the finest examples of an un-restored ambulance from that time period,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, the Scottsdale Ariz. auction house. “It’s also, without a doubt, one of the most significant and historical vehicles ever offered for sale.”

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The ambulance is being sold with no reserve, making it difficult to estimate its value, reports Fox News. Last August, a limousine used at the Kennedy White House was auctioned for $390,000. (Via CBS News)