Oswald's getaway cab sold for $35,750

June 7, 2010 4:28:47 AM PDT
The Checker cab once known as Lee Harvey Oswald's getaway car has been sold at auction to an Illinois museum. In a statement issued Sunday, the Canadian auction house RM Auctions said the 1962 Checker Marathon was among the holdings sold Saturday from the defunct Pate Museum of Transportation near Fort Worth. The former Dallas taxi cab sold for $35,750 for display at the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Rockford, Ill.

Checker Motors Corp. donated the cab to the Pate museum in 1979 with a letter of authentication. RM Auctions had said it expected the 1962 Checker Marathon would fetch $20,000-$30,000 in bids.

Oswald hailed the cab after the bus in which he tried to escape got stuck in traffic moments after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The driver identified Oswald in a police lineup the next day.


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