The Chrysler 300C was put up for sale on eBay. The eBay auction closed late Wednesday with no takers for the minimum asking price, which was $1 million dollars. There were bids for less than than the asking price though.
Obama leased the Chrysler 300C, powered by a HEMI V8, while he was a state senator in Illinois. He drove the car from 2004-2007. Due to the political correctness (or uncorrectness) of driving a big gas-guzzling sedan, he decided to get a Hybrid, specifically a Ford Escape Hybrid.
If you did find yourself buying the Presidential Chrysler 300C, you would get a form of authentication. A photograph of the original Illinois title with Obama's name on it. (I guess some felt that did not constitute a $1 million dollar pricetag.)
Tim O'Boyle, who owns the President's 300C, wants to put the car up for sale closer to the 2012 presidential election. He feels during that period selling the car might be a lot easier, due to increased interest in politics, therefore increased interest in Barack Obama. I imagine it will be listed at a lower price, since $1 million seems to be too high.
This is not the first time the eBay sale of Obama's 300C has gone wrong. It was offered up for sale on eBay three years ago. The starting bid was $100,00 but the price was pushed up to a staggering $1 billion dollars (yes $1 billion!) by phony bidders.
"We're trying to talk him into rerunning it now and making some changes to [the listing]. Lowering the price, and contacting Obama to find out if there's a charity he'd like us to donate some of the profits to.” said Lisa Czibor, the eBay seller conducting the auction on O'Boyle's behalf. "In the end, it's [O'Boyle's] car. It's up to him." said Czibor.
It seems Mr. O'Boyle needs to find a different form of selling this presidential 300C. I don't think eBay seems to be working out that well. Maybe he should try Barrett-Jackson or Carlisle. He might have better luck!
Obama does not need to worry about driving anymore. He gets chauffeured around in a limo. However, I think he would be sad to hear that a car he used to drive could not find a buyer. I guess that is a sign of the economy. :)