How much would you pay for a derelict '67 Chevrolet Corvette with a 427? If you said about thirty grand, you'd be in the ballpark – but that would still be all the money in the world for a barn find like this 'Vette. The owner admits the car hasn't run in over 30 years and she (the car, not the owner) clearly needs to get involved in a serious relationship with a body man.

But what if we told you that Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, the hero of the NASA Apollo program, and by all accounts a genuine good guy, was the first owner of the car? How much would that make it worth? Better hope your guess has six digits in it, because bidding on eBay Motors for this derelict but potentially highly collectible car has already shot past $120,000 – and has yet to meet the seller's reserve price.

Before readying the checkbook, however, we might suggest actually reading the seller's ALL CAPS description. It's a wonderful tale that starts with the car being provided by Rathman Chevrolet, the famed dealership that leased Corvettes to astronauts for $1 per year. A NASA employee allegedly bought the car after Armstrong turned it in and the seller claims he's hounded that NASA employee for 30 years trying to buy the Corvette, but it was only two months ago that he claimed his prize. There's a whole lot more to the story, including buying a carburetor in Texas and wanting to turn the car into a National Corvette Restorers Society "Survivor."

The bottom line, however, is that the seller is now trying to flip the Chevrolet, without much in the way of evidence that the car belonged to Armstrong, at least that's presented in the eBay Motors auction. Perhaps we're just being skeptical, but before spending over $100,000 on a car for which the majority of the purchase price is for its provenance, we'd like to see more in the way of authentication than one Protect-O-Plate photo. Since Neil Armstrong is still alive, we hope that whoever winds up restoring this Corvette does a more thorough job of vetting and presenting its history.


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      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Generation vette is one of the coolest cars of all time. Too bad the new ones don't have nearly as much style.
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would luuuuuurve to own this! What a fantastic bit of history. The moon landing was before my time, and I'm Australian anyway so I can't explain the appeal to someone like me, but even I'm aware of the strong association between Corvettes and astronauts, and who's more well known? But I have to say, it's such a shame that the vendor is purely in for the cash. Hounded the owner for 30 years? That bites.
      Jonas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great car and story, but over 120k? I don't think Neil Armstrong memorabilia is a hot enough market for a 90k+ markup on a project car.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonas
        I agree, but I have seen cars of far less historical significance go for that kind of money. Remember how much that guy was asking for Obama's old Chrysler 300 C? I could not justify spending that kind of money for a car, but I can understand why some would.
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Umm, The real Armstrong corvettes at the Kennedy space center....and besides, only the lunar rover is his infamous car...
        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        Armstrong didn't drive the Lunar Rover, certainly not on the Moon. Only astronauts on Apollo 15, 16 and 17 used them. Armstrong was on Apollo 11 mission.
        Jonas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        Yeah you really wiffed on every fact in that comment.
        Justin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rich
        That's Alan Shepard's Corvette at Kennedy, not Armstrong's `Vette.
      cluebyfour
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man that car is *trashed*. Even the screws inside the tachometer dial have rust on them. Sure this thing wasn't fished out of a swamp?
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      That car looks like crap and the crackhead who is selling it would be a fool not to take 120 thousand bucks for it. By extension, whoever is offering 120 thousand bucks for it is even more of a crackhead. Restore it and drive it. It's just an old car.
      Ultraworld
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevy gave every Gemini Astronaut a big block Corvette. Restored, it's a $100k car all day. Add Neil Armstrong's ownership & you could double it's value. It's worthy of a $100k restoration. It's the most collectible version of the Corvette. Small blocks are bringing $75k.
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