Back in May, a seller on eBay was auctioning a 1967 Corvette that belonged Neil Armstrong, American astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon. With the passing of the American hero on August 25, 2012 at the age of 82, there has been renewed interest in the Sting Ray.
Armstrong took delivery of the 1967 427/390 Coupe on December 15, 1966 from Chevy dealer Jim Rathman. Rathman, a former Indy 500 winner, struck a deal with NASA to provide Corvettes to the astronauts. Armstrong kept the factory A/C big block for a year before turning it back in. That’s when another NASA employee took possession of the Corvette and owned it until it was sold to Joe Crosby of Merritt Island, Florida in February 2012.
The car has been stored since 1981 and at some point, the coupe had fender flairs, which have since been removed. It’s documented with the tank sticker and the protect-o-plate is emblazoned with “N.A. Armstrong”.
FoxNews.com spoke to the current owner of the Corvette. In the previous auction, the high bid of $251,638 was short of the reserve and the car failed to sell. But since the death of Armstrong, Crosby says he has fielded calls from three of the auction’s bidders but that the offers are still lower than he is willing to accept. Crosby said he hasn’t raised his original price since Armstrong’s passing.
Crosby he has no plans to relist the Corvette on eBay but says he is listed in the phone book and will listen to any serious offers.
Here’s the pics from the Corvette’s eBay auction