The unique 1961 Cadillac “Jacqueline” Coupé, which was created by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in honour of America’s First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, the year that her husband, John F Kennedy, was elected President of the United States, is to be sold in Bonhams’ Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais on Feb. 5, 2011. The car, which was first displayed at the same venue as this sale, the Grand Palais, during the 1961 Paris Salon, has attracted a pre-sale estimate of 200,000 – 300,000.
One of four Cadillac-based styling exercises made by Pininfarina between 1958 and 1961, the car enjoyed time on the show circuit in the early 1960s, before being consigned to the Pinnfarina Museum where it remained for the next thirty years. In the mid 1990s, it was bought by the President of Cartier and noted car collector, Alain Dominique Perrin, who sent it to the U.S. to be made roadworthy on a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz chassis.
The car, which would be welcome at the world’s most prestigious concours d’élégance events, is now fully driveable and has only covered delivery mileage since its mechanical restorations. Most of the interior is exactly as it was originally conceived by Pininfarina.
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