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Neil Armstrong's Corvette lands on eBay
FOX News ^ | 05-03-12 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 05/03/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA

It didn’t go to the Moon, but it sure looks like it did.

A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette once owned by Neil Armstrong is being auctioned on eBay.

The blue coupe sat unused in a garage since 1981, before being purchased by its current owner in February of this year. It’s in barely running condition, but is mostly original. Aside from a new carburetor, water pump, muffler and wheels, the only major modification is a set of poorly done fender flares.

The fully-documented ‘Vette has a 390 hp 427 cubic-inch V8 running through a four-speed manual transmission and, fitting of a Florida car, factory air conditioning as well as power windows. The odometer shows just 38,148 miles, but as it only has five digits and hasn’t worked since the 1970’s, there’s no telling how much mileage the car really has on it.

According to the seller, the yet-to-be-first man on the Moon took delivery of the ‘Vette in December of 1966 as part of a special program run by Melbourne Chevrolet dealer, Jim Rathman. The enterprising salesman used to offer astronauts a special one year lease deal on ‘Vettes so they would always be seen behind the wheel of the latest model. One of his employees bought the car in 1968 when it was turned in for trade.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Hobbies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: corvette; ebay; nielarmstrong; roach
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Boy. This thing is a real roach.


1 posted on 05/03/2012 8:21:11 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Impala64ssa; bajabaja; carriage_hill; AFreeBird; rightly_dividing; Charles Martel; Clay Moore; ...
Motorhead, Collector Car Junkie, Speed Freak, Automotive Related Ping List.

Freepmail "Lazlo in PA" to be added or removed.

2 posted on 05/03/2012 8:22:08 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Here is the EBay link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FIRST-MAN-MOON-ASTRONAUT-NEIL-ARMSTRONGS-1967-CORVETTE-?cmd=ViewItem&item=251051174912&pos=viewandbid&ver=single&viewandbid=251051174912#v4-43

Someone was trying to do some real hillbilly stuff with the fender flares. The owner claims it was in a climate controlled building since ‘81. Who cares. That 15 years before were a real hard ride. At least it looks like most of it is there.


3 posted on 05/03/2012 8:25:25 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Good evening.

Neil Armstrong is still alive at 82. I wonder if he is a FReeper...

End thread hijack attempt.

5.56mm

4 posted on 05/03/2012 8:26:04 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Lazlo in PA

Used toilet paper from the 60s belonging to Neil Armstrong would probably bring serious money. The sky is the limit for this car.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 8:27:28 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Lazlo in PA

The seller is going to have to add a few more things for sell if he wants Frank to bundle it.

Frank: “What would you have to have for something like this?”

Seller: “You mean this or something LIKE this.”


6 posted on 05/03/2012 8:27:48 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Lazlo in PA
A quarter mil for a rusty ol' vette that Neil Armstrong leased for a year? LOL!

On a related note, did anyone ever buy the Chrysler 500 that Obama drove before he found it politically expedient to own a hybrid?

7 posted on 05/03/2012 8:32:28 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

My brother had a little bit later model kind of like that. I don’t remember that ram-air thingy on the hood though.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 8:37:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Drew68

The 300 never sold. The owner wanted 1 million. After Nov, it will be worth less than Blue Book.


9 posted on 05/03/2012 8:37:51 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Drew68
Fiberglass rusts? We didn't cover that in culinary school.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/03/2012 8:38:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: smokingfrog
The hood scoop was a first time option in '67. It didn't matter what engine you had, you could get it because it was an appearance option.


11 posted on 05/03/2012 8:42:38 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Drew68

Chrysler Le Baron Convertible (Once belonged to Jon Voight)

12 posted on 05/03/2012 8:45:54 PM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Lazlo in PA

How can you tell from that photo? It just looks dusty to me.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 8:48:29 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: JRandomFreeper
Fiberglass rusts? We didn't cover that in culinary school.

The little known secret about Vettes is that they can be rust buckets and the buyer thinking it is a plastic car never bothers to look. There are all sorts of metal screws holding panels together and other structural pieces underneath that can be expensive to fix.

14 posted on 05/03/2012 8:48:49 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I've have a brother that collects them and restores them. I'm aware. They don't rust like my 69' 240Z.

/johnny

15 posted on 05/03/2012 8:54:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mamelukesabre

That front left corner took a good hit and it has the overall appearance of a beater. If it were a ‘67 Chevy II 4 door that was originally owned by Neil Friedricks, it would be a $200 parts car. That is going to be a very expensive restoration.


16 posted on 05/03/2012 8:57:37 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What’s a VW thing once owned by Pia Zadora worth?


17 posted on 05/03/2012 9:03:30 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on 2012 pick.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’d rather have Chuck Yeager’s mustang.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 9:05:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: NoLibZone

LOL


19 posted on 05/03/2012 9:09:23 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Last week I saw J. Geils 59 Gibson Les Paul on Ebay for $250,000 buy it now price.

A bargain for a 59.

20 posted on 05/03/2012 9:12:34 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: NoLibZone
After the way it aged her? Some things you just can't restore.

/johnny

21 posted on 05/03/2012 9:12:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Looks like York and Montgomery from "Bewitched".........

8:}

22 posted on 05/03/2012 9:14:22 PM PDT by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Sorry but that is wrong. Only available with big blocks.


23 posted on 05/03/2012 9:19:54 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

Are you sure? You may be right. I just looked it up in one of my Chevy books and they just note it as an appearance option which usually means no engine requirement was necessary. The only think I could find on line was at the Corvette forum. They just say it was an option.

http://www.corvetteforum.com/articles/c2/1967-corvette-stingray-overview.php


24 posted on 05/03/2012 9:37:13 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: NoLibZone

I would say the provenance would have to prove she actually drove it and that the seats had never been recovered.


25 posted on 05/03/2012 9:37:50 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Joe Biden:"Astronauts can't even take care of their cars, and you think we're gonna waste more money on the Space Program? C'mon, give me a break!"

26 posted on 05/03/2012 9:43:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Lazlo in PA

WOW. Wish I had a million to blow. Im not the sentimental type but......THATS just a beautiful car.


27 posted on 05/03/2012 9:44:57 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“...they just note it as an appearance option which usually means no engine requirement was necessary.”

I vaguely remember reading in “Corvette Fever Magazine” that the hood was only available on the 427’s. However, the article mentioned that some small block vehicles were produced with the 427 hoods when the production line ran short of the standard hoods near the end of the 1967 production run.


28 posted on 05/03/2012 10:39:10 PM PDT by mouske
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To: Lazlo in PA

You can’t tell anything from that photo.


29 posted on 05/03/2012 10:48:37 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: NoLibZone

“What’s a VW thing once owned by Pia Zadora worth?”

The drivers seat alone should bring $15.00.


30 posted on 05/03/2012 10:55:50 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Lazlo in PA

That’s a pretty low milage vehicle compared to some of the other vehicles Neil Armstrong used.


31 posted on 05/03/2012 10:57:30 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: mamelukesabre

Did you check the EBay link. There are more pics. It is real rough. Someone cut up the fenders.


32 posted on 05/03/2012 10:58:23 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
LOL. You got that right and I bet there wasn't any water or fire damage done to it when he parked it.


33 posted on 05/03/2012 11:03:18 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I know where you can find a barely used Hassleblad medium format camera used by Neil Armstrong.


34 posted on 05/03/2012 11:06:56 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

where? The moon?


35 posted on 05/03/2012 11:08:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Yes.


36 posted on 05/03/2012 11:11:03 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
I know where you can find a barely used Hassleblad medium format camera used by Neil Armstrong.

LOL. With gas prices what they are, I'll pass. Something tells me that if someone did go up and get the cameras, they would still work. They were really well built.

37 posted on 05/03/2012 11:12:53 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Baynative

I’m more interested in the car in the background...is that an AMC pacer?


38 posted on 05/03/2012 11:14:17 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Lazlo in PA

well, what would cause them to deteriorate? There’s no oxygen and no water and no weather.


39 posted on 05/03/2012 11:15:38 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Massive temperature changes everyday since 1969.


40 posted on 05/03/2012 11:19:55 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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well, what would cause them to deteriorate? There’s no oxygen and no water and no weather.

Micrometeoroids.

41 posted on 05/03/2012 11:20:01 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lazlo in PA; mamelukesabre
Massive temperature changes everyday since 1969.

But a day on the Moon lasts about 28 Earth days.

42 posted on 05/03/2012 11:22:39 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lazlo in PA

I used to have the Hot Wheels of that car. What model is it?


43 posted on 05/03/2012 11:24:18 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That is still a lot of temp changes in 43 years.


44 posted on 05/03/2012 11:24:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: boop

It is a car Gene Winfield customized called the Reactor. He worked at AMT so this was probably made into a model. If you are bored, look the history of the car up sometime. Very interesting.


45 posted on 05/03/2012 11:35:00 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

one 28th of 43 is 1.5. That the equivalent of 1.5 years of day-night temp changes. That’s not much.


46 posted on 05/03/2012 11:54:21 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Lazlo in PA
He was the first man on the moon and Alice was the first woman.


47 posted on 05/04/2012 12:03:30 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Lazlo in PA

It looks old and dirty, so why doesn’t he just have Jeannie blink it clean and new?


48 posted on 05/04/2012 12:05:43 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: mamelukesabre

LOL. The Day Night temps you speak of are like 250F to -450F degrees roughly.


49 posted on 05/04/2012 12:13:39 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

minus 250 to plus 250

And that’s all folks...no other stresses or erosions to contend with. No bacteria, molds, fungus, virus, oxygen, water, acids/bases, corrosion, oxidation, etc

technology back then will almost certainly mean a camera made entirely of metal and glass. It will be fine.


50 posted on 05/04/2012 12:36:56 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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