• Jan 21, 2011
John F. Kennedy Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance - Click above for high-res image gallery

The plot seems to be thickening around the auction of a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance that supposedly transported the body of President John F. Kennedy's body after his assassination. Unfortunately, a kink has arisen in the tale of how this vehicle went from a piece of national history to the auction block. Originally the seller claimed that the vehicle was sold as surplus before receiving a full restoration. The only problem with that tale is that the real vehicle was never sold at a Naval auction. Instead, the ambulance that ferried the late commander-in-chief was donated to John F. Kennedy library.

From there, the Kennedy family apparently asked that the vehicle be destroyed – a request that the library promptly obliged. On June 26, 1986, the Pontiac ambulance was loaded into the jaws of a crusher and turned into scrap. For any fan of rare or vintage vehicles, the photos of the vehicle with its doors caved in courtesy of a fork lift aren't easy to look at. The stout of heart will have to head over to Jalopnik to get a closer look.

Barrett-Jackson has decided that while the car may not (read: probably isn't) the one that carried President Kennedy's body, it will still be sold at auction. While the fact that the vehicle up for auction in Arizona may not be the real deal is likely to decrease its value considerably, we still think the car is cool as hell. What better way to get the family around town than in a Navy grey '63 Pontiac ambulance?

How about the hearse that carried JFK's casket? The '64 Cadillac is also up for bid on eBay motors with a buy it now price of just $1.5 million. You can check it out here.



[Sources: Jalopnik, eBay Motors]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      As a nod to conspiracy theorists everywhere, we now know that JFK's body had its own body; doppelganger or alien?
      • 3 Years Ago
      as one poster wrote on another page, if you look at the placement of the door handle on the ambulance from 1963, the handle is past the window frame. yet in the photo before it was crushed the handle is right underneath the frame. it's very easy to see that the car about to be crushed isn't the same car. why? because the whole rear body would have to be changed. the car at Barrett Jackson COULD very well be the car. apperently there was 2 cars in 1963.. one used as a decoy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't see any crushed photos! Maybe the Junk Yard didn't actually crush it and then sold it to a collector?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Benfolio

        I read the whole thing! There are no pictures of it getting crushed! There's some door damage and its sitting in a crusher! There's no actual crush photos...
      jsgreene55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Much like the JFK assasination itself, many questions about this vehicle will never be answered
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Pontiac never really was a performance brand. Even back then they made ambulances. Stll looks better than Pontiac Montana.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking ambulance.