The white Cadillac hearse earned its place in American history for a somber three-mile drive from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Dallas Love Field the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963.
Inside, a bronze coffin carried the body of President John F. Kennedy, his widow within arm’s reach, his personal physician and a Secret Service agent nearby. Another Secret Service agent took the wheel.
The trip took 10 minutes, 10 minutes of an extraordinary and tragic afternoon.
The hearse, the first to roll off the assembly line for Cadillac’s 1964 model year, remained in use for a few more years before being sold to a private owner in 1968.
But in May, it will be back in the public view, up for auction at a sale of rare and classic cars in suburban Houston.