Last year, the Pontiac car that was used to transport the body of President John F. Kennedy to the Bethesda Naval Hospital after the assassination was auctioned off at the 2011 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. At its 41st annual Scottsdale auction this year, the leading collector car auction company will be offering the 1964 Cadillac Hearse that was used for transporting the president’s body to the Love Field Airport. The auction will be held from the 15th to the 22nd of January, 2012 at the WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the historic vehicle will cross the block on the 21st of January.
The white Cadillac hearse was made by the Miller-Meteor company, and it was displayed at the National Funeral Home Directors Association Convention, which was held in October, 1963 in Dallas. At the end of the convention, it was bought by the O’Neal Funeral Home. Several weeks later, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and O’Neal Funeral Home was called on to provide the finest casket available. The funeral home used its newly-purchased Cadillac hearse to carry the president’s body from the Parkland Memorial Hospital to the Love Field Airport, where the casket was loaded onto Air Force One and flown to Washington DC.
The hearse remained in the possession of O’Neal Funeral Home until the late 1960s, and then, it was bought by one of the funeral home’s employees, Arrdeen Vaughan. Vaughan did a remarkable job preserving the historically-significant vehicle, and he sold it to the current owner after owning it for more than four decades.