Skip to comments.Neil Armstrong's Corvette lands on eBay
Posted on 05/03/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
It didnt 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. Its 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 hasnt worked since the 1970s, theres 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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Here is the EBay link.
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.
Neil Armstrong is still alive at 82. I wonder if he is a FReeper...
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Used toilet paper from the 60s belonging to Neil Armstrong would probably bring serious money. The sky is the limit for this car.
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.”
On a related note, did anyone ever buy the Chrysler 500 that Obama drove before he found it politically expedient to own a hybrid?
My brother had a little bit later model kind of like that. I don’t remember that ram-air thingy on the hood though.
The 300 never sold. The owner wanted 1 million. After Nov, it will be worth less than Blue Book.
How can you tell from that photo? It just looks dusty to me.
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.
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.
What’s a VW thing once owned by Pia Zadora worth?
I’d rather have Chuck Yeager’s mustang.
A bargain for a 59.
Sorry but that is wrong. Only available with big blocks.
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.
I would say the provenance would have to prove she actually drove it and that the seats had never been recovered.
WOW. Wish I had a million to blow. Im not the sentimental type but......THATS just a beautiful car.
“...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.
You can’t tell anything from that photo.
“Whats a VW thing once owned by Pia Zadora worth?”
The drivers seat alone should bring $15.00.
That’s a pretty low milage vehicle compared to some of the other vehicles Neil Armstrong used.
Did you check the EBay link. There are more pics. It is real rough. Someone cut up the fenders.
I know where you can find a barely used Hassleblad medium format camera used by Neil Armstrong.
where? The moon?
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.
I’m more interested in the car in the background...is that an AMC pacer?
well, what would cause them to deteriorate? There’s no oxygen and no water and no weather.
Massive temperature changes everyday since 1969.
But a day on the Moon lasts about 28 Earth days.
I used to have the Hot Wheels of that car. What model is it?
That is still a lot of temp changes in 43 years.
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.
one 28th of 43 is 1.5. That the equivalent of 1.5 years of day-night temp changes. That’s not much.
It looks old and dirty, so why doesn’t he just have Jeannie blink it clean and new?
LOL. The Day Night temps you speak of are like 250F to -450F degrees roughly.
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.
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