A 1949 Cadillac 75 Fleetwood sedan with close ties to the Kennedy family is heading to auction soon next month.
The car was owned by the former Archbishop of Boston Richard J. Cushing who was a close friend of the Catholic-following Kennedys.
The Cadillac was present at numerous Kennedy events, including the wedding of JFK and his wife Jackie, as well as the baptism of their children. It even showed at the president's inauguration and was part of the funeral possession following JFK's assassination in 1963.
Only 220 75 Fleetwood sedans were created, with all featuring a 5.4-litre V8 under the bonnet. Completely original, it features a brown cloth interior as well as whitewall tyres and a four-speed automatic gearbox. Recently restored, the sheer size of the car cannot be ignored – it measures 5.7 metres in length and is 2 metres wide.
Following the archbishop's ownership, the car was sold to a woman and her son from Indiana. It was accompanied by a note which read: "I pray that you may enjoy this possession for many more years and that it will carry you safely wherever you go." The note also apologised for its briefness – the archbishop professed that he was still mourning the death of President Kennedy.
From there, it went to a collector in Finland, who sold the car to its present owner in 2004, and it will go under the hammer at the H&H Classics Chateau Impney sale on July 10. Martin van der Zeeuw, H&H Classics Agent, said: "Every now and again one comes across a car that is particularly interesting not just for its engineering or design or any other physical reason but because it casts a light on to our own human history.
"And this is one such car. Its very close links with the remarkable, brilliant Kennedy family makes it an object of particular and historic interest."