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Neil Armstrong's Corvette lands on eBay
FOX News ^ | 05-03-12 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 05/03/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA

It didn’t go to the Moon, but it sure looks like it did.

A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette once owned by Neil Armstrong is being auctioned on eBay.

The blue coupe sat unused in a garage since 1981, before being purchased by its current owner in February of this year. It’s in barely running condition, but is mostly original. Aside from a new carburetor, water pump, muffler and wheels, the only major modification is a set of poorly done fender flares.

The fully-documented ‘Vette has a 390 hp 427 cubic-inch V8 running through a four-speed manual transmission and, fitting of a Florida car, factory air conditioning as well as power windows. The odometer shows just 38,148 miles, but as it only has five digits and hasn’t worked since the 1970’s, there’s no telling how much mileage the car really has on it.

According to the seller, the yet-to-be-first man on the Moon took delivery of the ‘Vette in December of 1966 as part of a special program run by Melbourne Chevrolet dealer, Jim Rathman. The enterprising salesman used to offer astronauts a special one year lease deal on ‘Vettes so they would always be seen behind the wheel of the latest model. One of his employees bought the car in 1968 when it was turned in for trade.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Hobbies; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: corvette; ebay; nielarmstrong; roach
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To: mamelukesabre; Lazlo in PA
well, what would cause them to deteriorate? There’s no oxygen and no water and no weather.

Micrometeoroids.

41 posted on 05/03/2012 11:20:01 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lazlo in PA; mamelukesabre
Massive temperature changes everyday since 1969.

But a day on the Moon lasts about 28 Earth days.

42 posted on 05/03/2012 11:22:39 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Lazlo in PA

I used to have the Hot Wheels of that car. What model is it?


43 posted on 05/03/2012 11:24:18 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That is still a lot of temp changes in 43 years.


44 posted on 05/03/2012 11:24:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: boop

It is a car Gene Winfield customized called the Reactor. He worked at AMT so this was probably made into a model. If you are bored, look the history of the car up sometime. Very interesting.


45 posted on 05/03/2012 11:35:00 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

one 28th of 43 is 1.5. That the equivalent of 1.5 years of day-night temp changes. That’s not much.


46 posted on 05/03/2012 11:54:21 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Lazlo in PA
He was the first man on the moon and Alice was the first woman.


47 posted on 05/04/2012 12:03:30 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Lazlo in PA

It looks old and dirty, so why doesn’t he just have Jeannie blink it clean and new?


48 posted on 05/04/2012 12:05:43 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: mamelukesabre

LOL. The Day Night temps you speak of are like 250F to -450F degrees roughly.


49 posted on 05/04/2012 12:13:39 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

minus 250 to plus 250

And that’s all folks...no other stresses or erosions to contend with. No bacteria, molds, fungus, virus, oxygen, water, acids/bases, corrosion, oxidation, etc

technology back then will almost certainly mean a camera made entirely of metal and glass. It will be fine.


50 posted on 05/04/2012 12:36:56 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Lazlo in PA

Great bug catcher, IIRC!


51 posted on 05/04/2012 2:43:41 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: JRandomFreeper
"After the way it aged her? Some things you just can't restore."

It was the scarf, as much as the car that "aged" her.

52 posted on 05/04/2012 5:04:53 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: mamelukesabre
"what would cause them to deteriorate?"

An occasional meteor.

53 posted on 05/04/2012 5:07:52 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Lazlo in PA

A slight fixer upper.


54 posted on 05/04/2012 5:08:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: Lazlo in PA
"Massive temperature changes everyday since 1969."That's all of 42 days. A moon day lasts one earth year.
55 posted on 05/04/2012 5:09:40 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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A moon day lasts one earth year.

Not so much. A moon day is about 28 days. At 15700 days since 1969, that would be 560 times it has gone through the massive temp change.

56 posted on 05/04/2012 5:47:24 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mamelukesabre
technology back then will almost certainly mean a camera made entirely of metal and glass. It will be fine.

I said the camera would be fine originally. You asked what could cause problems. I gave you a reason.. I'm the car guy here, not the space guy.

57 posted on 05/04/2012 5:57:44 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

You’re right.


58 posted on 05/04/2012 5:58:09 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: smoothsailing

No way Slow Joe has a Firebird!


59 posted on 05/04/2012 7:06:20 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am In White House Driveway


Biden wipes down the interior, and picks up any loose change, cigarette butts, and discarded condom wrappers.

60 posted on 05/04/2012 9:19:57 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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