Yet Again, An Attempt to Sell the Hearse That Took Kennedy From Parkland to Love Field

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A quick look-see reveals efforts to sell the 1964 Cadillac Hearse that transported President John Kennedy from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field have failed at least once before -- in 2007, when Arrdeen Vaughan, the Alvarado funeral-home owner who'd had it for decades, came up $100,000 of the million-dollar minimum reserve he'd set for the historic ride. Meanwhile, says here that it came up for auction again in 2009 -- and, apparently, Vaughan got what he wanted, because the car's in the possession of its third owner. And he, or she, no longer wants it.

So, then, once more with feeling: On January 21, in Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson will yet again attempt to move the Hearse that began as the prized possession of Vernon B. O'Neal and the O'Neal Funeral Home. Here's the listing, along with look under the hood. From the release, a little history-of:
The hearse is chassis 64Z000050, which was mated to body #64001. It was built by the Miller-Meteor Company in time for display at the National Funeral Home Directors Association Convention that took place in Dallas in October, 1963. At the close of the trade show, the hearse was purchased by the O'Neal Funeral Home in Dallas. A few weeks later on Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was mortally wounded and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The O'Neal Funeral Home was summoned to supply the finest casket it had available, as well as an appropriate conveyance.

The hearse then made the historic trip carrying the President's body as well as the First Lady from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field, where Air Force One was waiting to transport the casket to Washington, D.C.
I'll have to pass; maybe Gordon Keith's interested? But this looks nice.
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Rneatherlin
Rneatherlin

I'll take the Camaro instead - it'll make a matching pair!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I notice this was shot below the passenger's side on the right......BUT below VS above.  The length of the car and the fact that 1/3 of it is missing (from the pic) makes be suspect that more than Barrett-Jackson was involved in this shot.  Who is the 3rd shooter?  And why is Jack Ruby laying under the bushes?

EX wwg'r
EX wwg'r

The car was only offered at live auction once prior; in 2007.  It bid to $785,000 against a reported 2 million dollar reserve.  With 'live money' on the car and the seller at the time unwilling to settle for less than her reserve, the auctioneer came 'off the money' (bidding on behalf of the seller...a legal auction practice for an item 'with reserve') and the live bidder did not bid again.  There will be no such concern this time around as the car is being sold without reserve to the highest bidder regardless of price.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I don't think I have ever seen a white hearse before. Butthen again, it was 1963. Back then black hearses were getting chased by german shepherds and sprayed with firehoses. Kinda made for an uncomfortable funeral procession.

Ken Lowery
Ken Lowery

If anyone wants to pitch in for this, I promise to give you rides.

El Rey
El Rey

As a former hearse owner ('68 Caddy with flames), they sure are a smooth ride. The fuel economy is pretty crappy, though.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Shhhhhyaaaa! A 429 dragging all that sheet metal around? What do you get? Four miles to the gallon? Less?

If I had the scratch, I'd love to pick this baby up. What a wonderful mix of the historic, the nostalgic, and the creepy!

Jimbeau
Jimbeau

I had a '68 with a 472 cubic inch engine, and it got around 10 miles per gallon, if you didn't push the pedal down too far.

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