For Sale: Neil Armstrong's 'Vette and a little bit of history

What for some automobile collectors may be the Holy Grail of finds is a dusty 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray kept in storage in Florida. The added feature is not visible in the photograph: it was once owned by none other than Neil Armstrong - the first man to set foot on the Moon.

Now being hawked on Ebay, the Vette has not been driven since 1981, according to its current owner. The description on Ebay, in part, is below:

This Corvette was delivered to Mr. Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, on December 15, 1966 from Jim Rathman Chevrolet in Melbourne Florida under a program initiated by Mr. Rathman to provide our astronauts with a Corvette. They would keep the Corvette for a year and then turn it in and get a new one. This Corvette was bought by a NASA employee when Mr. Armstrong turned it in and was retained by the owner until I purchased the Corvette from him in February of 2012. The Corvette had been in a climate controlled environment and not driven since Sept. of 1981.

Photos provided by the seller show signs that the historic Vette was not treated kindly during its years on the road. The well wells on the fibreglass body show damage where flares were once added. The engine looks rough, too. According to the owner, the odometer does not work and the bumpers were replaced long ago. The ad says that the only other non-original parts 427 hp V8 engine Corvette are a water pump, carburetor, wheels, and muffler. The prove that Armstrong actually did own the car for a time, the original GM Protect-O-Plate -- a factory-installed piece of metal stamped with Armstrong's data along with other specs -- is offered. The odometer reads 38,138.

Three days of bidding are left, as the current bid has reached $230,200. The reserve price is $225,000. Get it while you can! Now that President Obama has essentially gutted NASA, which produced heroes like Neil Armstrong, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn, this made be a last chance of picking up a souvenir of America's once great space program. 

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