JFK Hearse $160000
January 22, 2012 by staff
The car was sold at Barrett-Jackson auction company’s annual Scottsdale collector car auction. The price does not include fees paid to the auction company, which usually add about 10%.
A Cadillac hearse like this would ordinarily be worth about $40,000 if not for its connection to the Kennedy assassination, said Jonathan Klinger of the collector car insurance company Hagerty Insurance.
Still, the price paid for this car was surprisingly close to that paid last year for an ambulance that, while purportedly also connected to the Kennedy assassination, was saddled with controversy.
That ambulance, sold at last year’s Barrett-Jackson auction, was said to have carried JFK’s body after it arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Internet discussion boards and bloggers had cast doubt on the authenticity of that vehicle, however. It sold for $132,000.
By contrast, the authenticity of the hearse sold Saturday night has never been seriously questioned.
“I was surprised,” said McKeel Hagerty, president of the collector car insurance company, Hagerty Insurance. “I had thought this car would bring more than that.”
Hagerty said he had expected the car to sell for at least something over $200,000, especially considering its undoubted place in history.
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