Bidders have a chance to own what could easily be considered one of the greatest pieces of Americana ever sold on eBay: Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette.
George Washington’s sword, Abe Lincoln’s hat or a Betsy Ross flag would probably beat it out, but for die-hard American motor enthusiasts or space buffs, there probably aren’t many things more exciting than the 390-hp Vette numbering in their collection. Thanks to a special program at Jim Rathman Chevrolet that allowed astronauts to trade up year after year for a new Corvette, Armstrong traded this car in for a new model, at which point it passed into the hands of a NASA employee.
It would stay there for the next 44 years, until being sold to its current owner in Merritt Island, Fla., who says he hasn’t even bothered to clean the car off. Originally bought as an intended restoration project, it seems the current owner doesn’t have time and is instead opting to auction it off. Fully restored, the car would command in impressive price, or so it seems given that someone already bid almost $120,500 at the time this story was published, which is below the reserve.
There is visible rust and some tasteless modifications to the fenders, but otherwise the car seems to be close to stock. Even if you don’t care to bid, it’s probably worth having a look at the car.