On Saturday, right after Barrett-Jackson sold the ambulance that didn't carry President John F. Kennedy's body following his assassination, another collector bought it for "slightly more" than the $120,000 auction price — and she's no stranger to politics.
After the "JFK Ambulance" sold for $120,000 on Saturday to Addison Brown, seen here attending a private party at Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson's house, Speed TV and others reported that Tammy Allen bought the ambulance from Brown, paying something slightly more than the crossing price. This was mere minutes after Brown told Reuters she plans to keep the vehicle in her collection for now and will see if the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is interested in the ambulance. Hmm. We guess that didn't happen.
Meet Tammy Allen, a car buff who runs Allen Unique Autos in Grand Junction, Colo. An avid collector, Allen's business offers limousine service in everything from a pink stretched Mini Cooper to a 1939 Cadillac, and recently opened the museum based on the collection of her and her father, Bill Allen.
Bill Allen is unable to enjoy the museum currently due to his lodging in a federal prison in California, serving his sentence for charges stemming from a political bribery scandal in Alaska that involved several state legislators and eventually led to a federal case against the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
And now here Tammy is immediately snatching up a car "shrouded in mystery" from a bidder, friendly with Craig Jackson, who claimed she'd wanted to keep the vehicle and even donate it to the Smithsonian — and all for just a touch over what the initial bidder paid for it. Sound suspicious to you?
All we know is somehow, sadly, we doubt this will be the last we hear of this particular Pontiac Bonneville ambulance.