There is still time to bid on the completely restored 1957 Jaguar Mark 1 sedan driven by John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie when they stayed at the Merrywood Estate in McLean, Va., near Washington, D.C.
The car's current owner, Concord resident Dr. Andreas Kamlot, chair of thoracic surgery at John Muir Health, posted the item July 4 on eBay and by Tuesday afternoon -- with five bidding days left -- there were 41 bids topping out at $61,535.
All proceeds of the sale will go to CRUDEM Foundation projects which benefit the neediest residents of northern Haiti.
The car was purchased new in 1957 by Jackie Kennedy's stepfather, Hugh Auchincloss, of Merrywood Estate, and was the main mode of transportation for the Kennedy couple during their many stays there.
JFK is said to have written his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Profiles in Courage," at the estate while recovering from back surgery.
Although Kamlot has enjoyed the car and reflecting on the magic of the Kennedy's legacy known as Camelot (the similarity of name is not lost on the doctor), he decided to auction the piece of American history and donate all the proceeds to Sister Ann's Crawley's CRUDEM projects.
Kamlot first volunteered his services following the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, and has since been back.
"The people of Haiti are praying on the street for the success of the auction," Sister Ann said. "The money will help them with houses for the blind, the lame and the poor."
Crawley is in her 70s and a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace who spends her days on the streets meeting the poorest, most at-risk residents of Milot in northern Haiti, and doing what she can to provide them with basic needs.
The car was chosen in 2009 from hundreds of exclusive collector cars for display at the prestigious Hemmings Motor New England Concourse D'Elegance as one of the most historically significant automobiles. Shortly after, Kamlot purchased and continued restoring it.
"Over the past four years, I've spent hundreds of hours and a large amount of money to complete the work," Kamlot said. "Just the engine alone was approximately $10,000."
In all, Kamlot has spent at least $60,000 and countless hours restoring the car to its original condition.
In the last few days, the car has garnered celebrity attention, but the names of the bidders are being held confidential.
Although the Jaguar Mark 1 may not fetch record-breaking numbers, Kamlot is hoping people keep bidding more and remembering all the proceeds (no fees are being taken) will be sent to Sister Ann's CRUDEM projects. Bidding ends at 6 p.m. Sunday.