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[VIDEO] Astronaut Gus Grissom's 1967 Corvette Lands in Wilmington, NC

For Wilmington, N.C., auto dealer Don Latham, the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray he bought at a Florida auction last week has the right stuff.

You see, he bought one of the Corvettes owned by the “Mercury Seven,” the men chosen by NASA in April 1959 to lead America into the Space Age.

All seven of the astronauts had a Corvette, and this one belonged to Virgil “Gus” Grissom, who was one of the three astronauts who died on the launch pad aboard Apollo 1 on Jan. 27, 1967.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1967 Corvette Now On Display at the Kennedy Space Center
Photo: Malcolm Denemark/FLORIDA TODAY

The history of the space program is all around visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Last Wednesday, another kind of history – though still related to the space program – was on display in the Rocket Garden at the space center.

That’s when Merritt Island’s Joe Crosby brought one of the most historic Corvettes ever made so a group of Corvette Enthusiasts from the National Corvette Museum could see it first hand.

Gus Grissom's Corvette Sting Ray Will Be Offered at Mecum Kissimmee

America may never know a time like the 1960s when our nation was on a frantic race to reach the moon before the end of the decade.

This weekend at Mecum Auto Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida, someone will be able to buy a piece of space exploration history when Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom’s 1967 Corvette goes on the block.