Bids for Neil Armstrong's Corvette Pass $250K on eBay, Collectors Concerned
by Robert Z. Pearlman, collectSPACE.com Editor
Date: 06 May 2012 Time: 10:54 AM ET
The eBay listing (item no. 251051174912) for a 1967
Chevrolet Corvette has attracted bids nearing $250,000 because its
seller says it was owned by Neil Armstrong.
A beat-up 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, which astronaut Neil Armstrong purportedly first owned, has attracted astronomical bids on the online auction site eBay. But did the first man to walk on the moon ever drive it?
The sports car, which the seller described as the "ultimate Corvette 'barn find,'" had as of Saturday morning (May 5) — the day before the auction closes — more than 70 bids, raising the initial asking price of $100,000 to just over $250,000. The high bid however, had not yet met the seller's hidden reserve, the price which he is obligated to sell and which he has revised twice.
The more than $250,000 in bids appear clearly focused on the seller's claim that Neil Armstrong had driven the car rather than its make, model or condition. Although described as stored in a climate-controlled environment, the Corvette Sting Ray has not been driven since 1981.
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