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Auctioneering Hopeful Ron Paul Campaigns to Get Rid of His Chevette
Chevy Hardcore ^ | 10/2/13 | David Chick

Posted on 10/13/2013 3:28:51 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

We all remember Ron Paul. Who could forget the charming, libertarian, and, as any Reddit user will tell you, “robbed” presidential candidate? For two election cycles, everyone’s favorite septuagenarian gynecologist took on the mantle of ending the Federal Reserve and seeking an isolationist foreign policy.

Oh, Ron Paul. Remember when you said that all the Taliban ever wanted was America’s forces out of their Afghanistan? Photo: Northwestern Flipside

For better or worse, the majority of voting Americans were not moved by Paul’s libertarian rhetoric. However, maybe they’ll be moved by his 35-year-old Chevette.

As part of Paul’s push to get fundraising for his Institute of Peace and Prosperity, the man has pledged to give away his beloved subcompact to the highest donor. He even plans to include “a nice turnover ceremony at the…office in Clute, Texas, that we’ll photograph, and I’ll also present you with a Congressional license plate that was actually used on the car.”

Paul shares a story about a time when the Chevette’s skillful placement next to Tip O’Neill’s Lincoln created a funny controversy back in the day: given O’Neill’s hypocritical advocacy of gasoline rationing, Paul thought it would be funny to park his car next to the Irishman’s land yacht. A photo was published and made the rounds, shaming O’Neill for his extravagant, ivory-tower antics and effectively creating a lifelong grudge between the two congressmen.

All that aside however, the Chevette is still considered by most people to be a hunk of junk, better at conveying people from point A to point B than conveying any semblance of fashion or style. But maybe getting to shake the good doctor’s hand, take a photo, and drive off in this verdant Chevy is something you’d be willing to sacrifice some cash for.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: automotive; ronpaul
Gotta give Ron Paul credit where it's due for exposing Tip O'Neill as a typical liberal hypocrite.

And if old Tipsy was that thin skinned to carry a grudge over this for the rest of his life, hey Bleep him if he can't take a joke.

1 posted on 10/13/2013 3:28:51 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

That must be the only Chevette still on the road.

Contrary to what the author of this article says they were not good at “conveying people from point A to B”

I had a Chevette. I ended up walking most of the time. The bad walks were the ones where I had to walk home because the thing broke down miles from home


2 posted on 10/13/2013 3:37:54 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Fai Mao

The British Vauxhall Chevettes were more powerful and reliable. Their still fairly popular with the street rodders over there.


3 posted on 10/13/2013 3:53:09 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Fai Mao

I had a 1980 Chevette as it was about the only thing I could afford as a young airman. We bought it new and drove it cross country several times, I found it fairly reliable, not high performance though.


4 posted on 10/13/2013 3:57:25 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: Fai Mao

I had a ‘vette once, too...a Shove’ette!


5 posted on 10/13/2013 4:00:32 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Impala64ssa
stored for 30 of those 35 years???

only time i ever drove one was a rental, i told the girl behind the counter ANYTHING but a Chevette, so her stooopid cow brain must of translated that into MUST BE a Chevette, i drove it for a week in the lowest possible gear till it wouldn't go any faster before i upshifted... i was surprised it actually lasted out the week, stronger than i thought it was

6 posted on 10/13/2013 4:40:17 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Impala64ssa

The only thing worse than the Chevette was the Vega.


7 posted on 10/13/2013 4:42:23 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Venturer

Why did Yugos have back window defrosters?

Handwarmers. bada boom!


8 posted on 10/13/2013 4:49:00 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Fai Mao

only thing worse was an amc gremlin.


9 posted on 10/13/2013 5:20:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Fai Mao
I bought a 1980 Chevette in 1987 for $600. I replaced the starter, front brake pads (rotors were fine), and a clutch linkage. I drove it for three years and sold it for $600.

Worked out fine for me. It might have been the cheapest 3 years of transportation in my life.

10 posted on 10/13/2013 5:43:14 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Impala64ssa


That bad boy looks to be in pretty good shape!
11 posted on 10/13/2013 5:56:18 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Fai Mao

I thought that the Cash-for-Clunkers program was designed specifically to sweep up the remaining Chevettes.


12 posted on 10/13/2013 6:53:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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I thought that the Cash-for-Clunkers program was designed specifically to sweep up the remaining Cheve

I'm pretty sure they'd be just fine with a 350 transplant.

13 posted on 10/13/2013 6:59:22 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

There’s not much around that wouldn’t do well with a 350.


14 posted on 10/13/2013 7:02:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

They made the Chevy Monza, basically a Vega. I once saw a Vega wagon in a parking lot, nicely done...tubbed, traction bars, blower, license plates.


15 posted on 10/13/2013 7:08:55 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Chevy Monzas were a huge improvement over the Vegas, they came standard with the cast iron 4(basically the tried and true Chevy straight 6 with 2 cylinders lopped off)or the Buick V-6, which were quick little cars, but they were still rust buckets. Other than the Cosworths, I’ve never come across an all original Vega. The ones I’ve seen at the car shows and cruises have been modified with 350 small blocks.


16 posted on 10/13/2013 11:18:15 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa
(Monzas) came standard with the cast iron 4(basically the tried and true Chevy straight 6 with 2 cylinders lopped off)or the Buick V-6,

They also came with a 305 Chevy V8.

17 posted on 10/14/2013 3:33:11 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
They also came with a 305 Chevy V8.
Yes, very few of them were built. Find one in decent condition and it's worth good $$$.
18 posted on 10/14/2013 8:14:03 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Well, I saw a few 305s, in the midwest. I believe some were actually produced with a 350. Believe it or not.


19 posted on 10/14/2013 9:23:23 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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