Kennedy's beloved 3.0s after sale to neighbor; I guess
I should refer to her as Onassis as ole John was long gone by
'74. Car was repainted same color; looks to be in great shape,
if an automatic. Is it worth $57,100? You be the judge...
auto was listed by premier collector car auction company, Kruse International,
on behalf of the seller, who wishes to remain anonymous. The listing showed
high bidding activity, finally receiving 67 bids over the course of the 10-day
sale. The buyer, who also prefers to remain anonymous, is an amateur car
collector who lives in the Midwest. He purchased the car as a surprise gift
for his wife, who has long been an avid fan of the former First Lady's grace,
style and accomplishments.
plan to keep the BMW in their private collection, sharing its history with
family and friends. The buyer has also purchased two other autos on eBay
Motors, a 1912 Ford Model T and a 1937 Cord Beverly sedan.
"Mrs. Onassis was one of those very special people whose wisdom and
beauty changed history and the lives of so many," said
the buyer. "Owning something that was
a direct part of such a famous personality brings us much closer to the reality
that was Jackie."
Along with the purchase of the car, the buyer received
six photos of Mrs. Onassis and the car, including one photograph of her receiving
a parking ticket while in the BMW, as well as the original title, which is
dated and signed by Mrs. Onassis.
The BMW was purchased new in 1974 by the former First Lady when she was married
to Aristotle Onassis. The BMW, a green sedan with tan leather interior and
an odometer reading of 65,000 miles, is purported to be Jackie Onassis' favorite
car. She used it exclusively to commute between her Manhattan apartment and
her country estate in New Jersey until
she sold it to her neighbor in New Jersey.
BMW 3.0S 4 Door Sedan
VIN #: 3180458
Interior: Tan Leather
Engine: 6 Cylinder; 3 Litre
Odometer Reading: 65,896
Engine was rebuilt at 40,000 miles, Factory Air Conditioning, Sony
AM/FM Cassette, Clock, Disc Brakes, Driving Lights, Manuals, Original Title,
Power Antenna, Power brakes, Power Steering, Power Windows, Rear Defrost,
Seat Belts, Tachometer.
The Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis title of her "favorite drive"
- Click title to see full title with details -
Paint and Mechanical Comments:
repainted in the original BMW amazonasgrun color when owned by Mrs. Onassis.
Leather is original in good condition with 3 tears on drivers seat. Mrs.
Onassis had the engine rebuilt once after it overheated in New York City
on the F.D.R. Drive. The car drives beautifully.
car is a green BMW Bavaria 3.0S 4 Door Sedan with tan leather interior
equipped with automatic transmission, which Jackie Onassis drove during
18 years from August 20, 1974 date when she purchased the car from Martin
Motors BMW on the upper East Side in New York until 1992 when she sold
the car to her neighbor in Peapack.
Mrs. Onassis bought her BMW new, while married to Onassis who purchased
a country estate for them in the horse country of Peapack-Galdstone
New Jersey. It was in this automobile that she would drive her children
each weekend to Peapack to go riding and fox hunting at the Essex Hunt
Club. During the week the car was garaged in a parking garage on 86th
street but she occasionally used it to fulfill editorial commitments
noted by her son his mother had a "love of words, the bonds of
home and family and her spirit of adventure" the BMW was her principal
means of travel to do all three.
"It was her only and favorite drive" says her Peapack neighbor.
"When she finally decided to part with it I purchased it and put
it in storage with my collection."
Other Special Features or Comments:
The highest bidder will get the car, the original title dated and signed
by Mrs. Onassis in 1992. Also available a set of 6 framed photographs
featuring her driving the car around Manhattan and even getting a parking
ticket for double parking on 5th avenue.
An Interesting story to say the least...
Would be nice to get the shots of Jackie Onassis getting the ticket
or at least some sort of shot with her driving... riding... praying...
anything with the car. Who know, perhaps they will surface somewhere
although it is doubtful.
Well, here it is - See photo at right of Jackie O behind wheel of her
74 3.0s E3. Is that a four wheel drift?
Here is a lovely shot of side of the 3.0s; notice the background through
windows...lovely Connecticut Pre-Barn....
Coming soon: Woodham's 3.3L -
A European rarity, perhaps the nicest in the US