It’s touted as the ambulance that carried President John F. Kennedy‘s casket in 1963. Some say that’s impossible – as that car was crushed in 1986! Either way, it’s appearing at Barrett-Jackson this weekend. KOOL’s Lee Bortel is broadcasting live Saturday 10a-2p. I say we all put on our forensic gloves and investigate firsthand!
(Courtesy of Peter Corbett – Arizona Republic)
The seller of an ambulance that reportedly carried the casket of President Kennedy is set to appear at the Barrett-Jackson auction late this morning amid media reports that the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville is a fake.
The website Japopnik is reporting that the real car was crushed in 1986 in Boston.Barrett-Jackson officials were unavailable for comment Friday morning, but Chairman Craig Jackson said last week that the Scottsdale-based auction house was satisfied that the car is authentic.
The company turned it down a year earlier but allowed it into this year’s auction at Scottsdale’s WestWorld after the consignor provided additional documentation, Jackson said.
Dr. John Jensen of Kansas City is the seller.
The ambulance has not been pulled from the auction.
It is scheduled to go on the auction block at prime time Saturday night, when the most expensive cars are on the docket.
Barrett-Jackson, in its 40th year in Scottsdale, is having a record week of attendance with 134,000 people over the first four days. Sales hit $20.2 million as of Thursday night, with the auction resuming at 10 a.m. today. RM Auctions reported $6.6 million in sales on Thursday night at the Arizona Biltmore. That includes a 1932 Rolls Royce that sold for $440,000.
Last year, Barrett-Jackson pulled a 1958 Chevrolet Impala from the auction after it could not verify the car’s authenticity. The seller, Bill Clement, said rock-and-roll music legend Buddy Holly bought the car from a dealership in Clovis, N.M., and later gave it to his father.
But a 2001 magazine article raised too many questions about the car’s provenance.