• Jan 22, 2011
JFK's 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance? Could be – Click above for high-res image gallery

Normally, events such as Barret-Jackson's annual soiree out in the desert of Arizona are newsworthy to those of us who obsessively cover the auto industry... and pretty much nobody else. But when the auction house roll out the ambulance that supposedly transported the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination, well, the rest of the world stands up and takes notice.

Adding more fuel to the fire of intrigue surounding this one-of-a-kind machine are questions as to whether or not this 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance is legit. Did it really carry JFK? We have no idea, and there are a number of documents and plenty of speculation supporting both sides of the discussion – we're content to stay out of the debate. And either way, we're curious to see how it performs after a week's worth of national news.

In any case, all eyes are now on this controversy-filled auction. Check out the official listing page for the might-be JFK's ambulance and be sure to keep an eye on the live streaming feed at Speed.

Are you playing Speed's Online Fantasy Bid Game? If not, test your auction pricing mettle by guessing what a series of featured vehicles will end up bringing at the auction block – you could end up winning a prize, like an Apple iPad. Enjoy!

*Update: The ambulance ended up selling for $120,000... which we'd say means the bidders weren't convinced of its authenticity. Or, it means someone just scored an amazingly significant car at a major discount.



Photos copyright Jeremy Korzeniewski ©2011 /AOL


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "He was against war and in favor of diplomacy. That is just to begin with."
      Apparently you studied history in a public school. Kennedy started the Viet Nam war. He played chicken with nuclear holocaust during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Ever heard of the "Bay of Pigs" fiasco? Also, Kennedy was the first president to cut taxes across the boards to stimulate the economy - the very thing modern socialist Democrats attack the Tea Party for suggesting. Gee, how soon they forget.

        • 3 Years Ago
        You have no idea of history, He didn't start the Vietnam war, The bay of pigs was set up by Pres.Eisenhower and Kennedy green lighted after being assured it was a slam dunk and NO he was no teabagger!!!! Please will you right-wing nuts just read some history..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bidding closed at 120,000.

      To me, wasn't worth any more then 12,000.

      I highly doubt it's the real Ambulance that transported JFK.
        • 3 Years Ago
        DC Mike, just out of curiosity... why the hell would they do that? Did they have no sense of history, automotive or otherwise?
        • 3 Years Ago
        From what I understand the real one was disposed of by the JFK Presidential Library in 1986. Theres a picture of one of the curators watching it get fed into the crusher and pictures to capture the last few details of the vehicle before it's demise. Later he signed the paperwork saying that it had been disposed of properly.

        This one is fake.
      • 3 Years Ago
      look at the groove in the roof panel in the famous picture of Jackie trying to open the door/ the auctioned car and many pics on the net have no inset groove above the side door on the roof panel/ also the lip on the front brow of the roof seems to be more pronounced in one pic over the other in the newer photos / the groove in the roof panel sure makes it seem like it is NOT the same car to me
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog.... if i wanted to go to the Barrett-Jackson shenanigans for 2011 I would have gone... or visited their site. Why do you post every single car on the auction block as a piece of automotive news?! One post about this year's auction is plenty!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ 4fifty8,

        You are so right! Enough already! Oh, and by the way $120K is no buy for a '63 Pontiac no matter who rode in it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, I hate cars too.

        I just come here to complain.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That being said... I've seen at LEAST 3 posts about this particular car!! Come on!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am happy to see that B-J's ability to hype the hell out of something in order to pull crazy amounts of money is quickly eroding.

      B-J is a sham.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it a bit ghoulish that someone wanted the ambulance that carried the casket for a very brief time in history, I would rather have a car that he had or drove while alive then a car which he was carried in while dead.

      I am sure they thought they would get over $1million, even at $120,000 it is about 10 times more than it is worth.

      Barrett Jackson is a hyped circus and scam, selling cars for crazy amounts of money that really are footnotes in automotive classics and history. I find that auction has an air of a bit slimy. It is the fast food or Jerry Springer of classic car auctions, you can't buy class and they pale in comparison to the established auctions selling real automotive history and pedigree
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahem... how much is B-J paying you guys for this coverage?

      And in the case of THIS particular car, your post borders on the unethical, since there is considerable evidence that this car is NOT the Kennedy ambulance (the evidence is pretty clear that the ambulance that carried JFK was destroyed at the request of the Kennedy family back in the '80s).

      Leaving room for doubt--when you've already reported such doubts are unwarranted--is not cool.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They pay us so much that we're actually at RM bidding on cars...
      • 3 Years Ago
      JFK would be a tea partier by today's political standard, lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        I really doubt it. He was against war and in favor of diplomacy. That is just to begin with.
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