JFK's hearse up for auction

December 20, 2011 12:00 AM

Last year, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company put up a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance for sale, which was reportedly the vehicle used to transport the late John F. Kennedy to the hospital after his assassination. This year, the company is planning to sell the actual hearse that JFK's body traveled in while in Dallas, reports Autoblog.

"It's an honor to be able to offer a vehicle of this stature," said Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 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."

There was a minor controversy last year, namely because some claimed that the ambulance hadn't actually been used in the proceedings. The ambulance sold anyway and the claims against its legitimacy were not proven. However, the company says that the hearse up for sale this year is completely verified to have been the actual one used, and there have been no arguments to the contrary.

With legendary vehicles such as this, its more important than ever that the owner plays close attention to auto maintenance. Even if a car is not a part of history, it's still a good idea to take it in regularly for oil changes and other tune-up work, which can help extend the lifespan.

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