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Ron Paul and the 1979 Chevrolet Chevette up for auction... Ron Paul and the 1979 Chevrolet Chevette up for auction (Photos courtesy the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity).
Former Congressman and presidential hopeful Ron Paul is holding an auction for his 1979 Chevrolet Chevette to benefit his non-profit Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

It's not just the famous owner that makes this an extraordinary classic car; this little Chevette is a part of congressional history. Paul bought it during his first term as a U.S. representative. That same year, then-Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill was advocating gasoline rationing while being chauffeured in a large Lincoln. According to Paul, this "cheeky photo" comparing his compact-car and O'Neill's massive Lincoln caused a blow-up between himself and O'Neill.



After its political career was over, the Chevette was driven by Paul's daughter throughout her college years. The Chevy with one of the worst car names ever only has 69,000 miles on the odometer, and still runs after sitting in a garage for 10 years. The car, as well as the Congressional license plate used by Paul, will go to whoever holds the highest bid on Oct. 15. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Classic cars are increasingly becoming hot investment assets, with auctions breaking records across the country. A recent auction in Pierce, Neb., saw thousands of buyers come out for hundreds of classic cars.

The Chevette is not really a collector's item. We found a comparable one on ebay.com listed for $3,800, but of course it doesn't have the same provenance as Dr. Paul's.



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      pj n tj bradshaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got rid of our big ford gas guzzler van for 80' Chevette that we drove for 8o K with no big repairs. Just brakes and tires. Gave it to afriend for 75bucs. I saw it a couple a times in the 90s. So there Junk? PJ&TJ Oregon
      champ3x7
      • 1 Year Ago
      SHHHHHH!!!!!!!! You MUST retract this story! It's not proper to describe a REPUBLICAN schooling a DEMOCRAT and showing him up. It aint good for appearances. ;-)
        manofpeace33
        • 1 Year Ago
        @champ3x7
        I thought Ron Paul was an Independent - he would probably through a fit knowing you called him a republican.
      klavezo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
      itacurubi
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't make up my mind. Is Rand Paul even dumber than his father? Or is Ron even dumber than his son? Tough call.
      eagle3636
      • 1 Year Ago
      piece of crap new and worse used, owned by a senile old fool who has a insane son and a drunken grandson, what a family!!
        champ3x7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eagle3636
        Yep. "Insane son".........who just happens to be an M.D., who's FAR more accomplished than you'll EVER be.......and who only wants smaller government and for ME to be able to keep more of what I EARN. Yep! "Insane son". If that's "insane", I'll take insane over being a liberal idiot ANY day.
        champ3x7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eagle3636
        By the way........I just LOVE your use of proper English, as well as punctuation and capitalization.
      Kensdelrey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I Bought a brand new Chevette in 1979 and loved that car, The way it looked and drove was very good. Never had any serious problems with it just the usual, Battery, Tires, Brake pads etc. Wish I still had it !
      hugozoon
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I was a mechanic on the lower east side a women with a chevette would bring her car in for service it was the same car with ralley stripes p/w p/d tilt wheel a/c climate control cruise control it was made specially for her I was told she was the designer of the car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Delsolo1..... I will second that motion!!
      johnjhenry1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congressman really are stupid, they drive Chevettes.
        iberuler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnjhenry1
        and johns are really stupid they live in the baseball oft here parents.roflmao
      Hello Raymond
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 1968 Chevette. I drove it in excess of 178,000 miles. It was a good car. I would bid on this one except for the negative political connotations it would have for me. The Pauls, father and son, are nut-cases.
      jwise89025
      • 1 Year Ago
      had one, hated it...
      klsirww
      • 1 Year Ago
      O'Neill................another blowhard democrat who believes he was exempt from all the "rationing." Gee, things haven't changed a bit.
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