1963 Pontiac Bonneville Naval Ambulance

An Amazing Classic Ambulance With A Sad Connection To The JFK Assassination Era


An Automotive Jewel at the Allen Unique Autos Car Museum in Grand Junction, Colorado ...
January 2013 - On a visit to Allen Unique Autos in Grand Junction, this 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance in battleship gray was probably my favorite. I've always had a thing for old ambulances, hearses and station wagons, and this one was in good shape.

Classic car collectors and JFK history buffs make this car noteable and have driven its value up. In 1963, 15 ambulances just like this one were issued to the Navy. On the day JFK was assassinated, his deceased body was flown from Dallas to Washington, and then he was transported in one of these ambulances. You can read the detailed information below, but many believe the actual ambulance that was used was destroyed. However, this vehicle was indeed part of that original fleet of naval ambulances.

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance
Can I dream? Imagine if I had this vehicle following and supporting me on a bike across America tour! :)

Photos and video by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance

Photos

My best photo?

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance The front side.
1963 Pontiac Bonneville Headlights Double vertical head lights.
1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance

Three more photos from various angles.

There's no doubt that I have old classic car fever. This is my first page since the Angel of Shavano Car Show in Salida last summer.

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Ambulance Blue interior.

The original steering wheel and dashboard.

Wheel Cover A tire and wheel cover.
1963 Navy Ambulance JFK Photos during the fateful JFK assassination tragedy.

JFK's body was flown from Dallas to Washington, DC, where his deceased body was transported in an ambulance like this one.

Information

History

Plenty of literature providing information and history about this ambulance.

To read it, click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

1963 Pontiac Bonneville Naval Ambulance Yours truly. What a vehicle!

Video

My best attempt at a walk-around video.

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