Astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1967 Chevy Corvette for sale on Ebay
Would you like to own a piece of history? Well, you’re in luck, because a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 once owned by astronaut Neil Armstrong is up for grabs on Ebay. Armstrong’s former vehicle is currently up to $249,990 with one day left to bid. There have been 72 bids for the Corvette thus far, but the vehicle’s $250,090 reserve price has not been reached. Whoever win’s Armstrong’s car must deposit $2,000.00 within 24 hours of auction close and pay the entire amount in 7 days. The buyer is responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping. Additionally, the vehicle is eligible for up to $50,000 in Vehicle Purchase Protection.
So how did the first man on the moon’s 1967 Corvette make its way to the auction block? Jim Rathmann of a Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership in Melbourne, Florida originally gave Armstrong the car as part of a promotion. Rathmann, a former Indy 500 winner, created a program in the 1960s that provided astronauts with a pair of new cars each year. Most astronauts chose a family car for their wives and a Corvette for themselves. Astronauts such as Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom famously raced their Corvettes in a series of friendly contests.
As for Armstrong’s car, the vehicle was first delivered to him on December 15, 1966. After one year a NASA employee purchased the car, which stopped driving it in 1981. The Corvette was then kept in storage until its current owner purchased the vehicle several months ago. Unfortunately, years of storage have left the vehicle covered in rust and dust.