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Mr Armstrong is one of the very few persons I am in awe of. I would far rather spend an hour in conversation with him than I would owning a car he may have placed his derriere in..................Bob

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Someone pointed out this misleading line by the seller: "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."

The car wasn't delivered to Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, the car was delivered to Neil Armstrong the astronaut. He got rid of the car before he walked on the moon.

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The car wasn't delivered to Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, the car was delivered to Neil Armstrong the astronaut. He got rid of the car before he walked on the moon.

Interesting note, in watch collecting, another passion, the Omega Speedmaster Professional model is separated primarily by being standard or "pre-moon." Being worn by the astronauts who stepped foot on the moon was then advertised asan engraving on the casebacks, but in the case of the watches, the earlier ones are more desirable. Not sure how or if this would affect the Vette's value, but to some it could make a big difference!

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Yes, it sounds like a few words should have been added such as, "who would later be the first man to walk on the moon".

The statement is basically true. The car did belong to him at one time and he was the first man on the moon. They just kind of jammed all of that together as if he got the car after he walked on the moon rather than before.

At least it is not an out and out lie.

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Mr Armstrong is one of the very few persons I am in awe of. I would far rather spend an hour in conversation with him than I would owning a car he may have placed his derriere in..................Bob

I totally Agree. He's Still my Hero! And all the other Astronauts also. :D Dandy Dave!

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This car has been getting a lot of feedback on another favorite site of mine, Bring a Trailer - where they feature select cars for sale and discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. Unlike our Buy Sell area that is kind of the premkise of the site, to review potential acquisitions.

IF you think this is a tough crowd some of the BaT-istas can be pretty direct... :D

Some of these guys really know their stuff and others well, you know - kinda like our site can be... ;)

This car was obviously not cherished by it's ownership and the current owner is likely speculating but if one is to consider how few unrestored mid-years remain, with a hi po drivetrain, this may be a good one but $120K (or more, we shall see) is an awful lot to choke up for what is essentially a long term loaner car to Mr. Armstrong. It is a really nice tie in but not worth the premium IMO.

As a rule celeberty ownership (even in the case of a real live American Hero, which we can certainly use more of..) is a non factor for me, I would tend to make more of an exception if the celeberty was also a known car person like Clark Gable was, I can see that more than this as a value factor due to the personal connection Mr. Gable had with cars. That said, I bet this car does very well for the current seller.

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Mr Armstrong is one of the very few persons I am in awe of. I would far rather spend an hour in conversation with him than I would owning a car he may have placed his derriere in..................Bob

You might be the one doing all the talking, cuz he doesn't do much talking... especially about himself or his moon walk.

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Wayne, the "Armstrong car" needs it all, and has body damage from a home brewed fender flare job. I am not disputing the value of a restored car, but I believe reserve on the car we are discussing is $120K as it sits. It is tens of thousands of dollars from looking like either car you are teasing us with sir! :)

My nieghbor is a happy guy, he has ridden the mid year wave up in the last 12 years with a nice CA, sb, 4 speed, air conditioned '65 coupe. He could not resist the sidepipes and "turbine" style wheels though. Nice, but not sure it needs them. His car has one big issue though, it had a very high quality red repaint at some point, but s/b silver. If I had one I would look for a more unusual color - I think these are striking cars in silver. Oh wait, I do have one, downstairs, in 1/16th scale, I think! :D

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You might be the one doing all the talking, cuz he doesn't do much talking... especially about himself or his moon walk.

And that is one of the things I admire about him. He is/was very big into Boy Scouting. Maybe 20 years ago the company I flew for picked him up in one of the company jets and brought him to Allentown for a scout function. Unfortunately I was scheduled on our other plane and was out of town. The pilots who flew him said he was friendly but reserved. I stand by my original post..........Bob

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The car is very rough for that kind of money, but some too rich Corvette Club dude will pay too much just for the bragging rights. Then likely finish off what little originality it has left by writing an even bigger cheque to have it body-off over restored.

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I remember when the astronauts drove these Vettes. Was Mr Armstrong's name ever actually on the title to this car? I'm betting not.

Photo 10 in the original link does seem to show his name on paperwork.

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And that is one of the things I admire about him. He is/was very big into Boy Scouting. Maybe 20 years ago the company I flew for picked him up in one of the company jets and brought him to Allentown for a scout function. Unfortunately I was scheduled on our other plane and was out of town. The pilots who flew him said he was friendly but reserved. I stand by my original post..........Bob

In July of 1994, I was privileged and humbled to be among the audience as the EAA honored the Apollo Astronauts in what was called 'EAA's Salute to Apollo" honoring the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing. 15 Apollo Astronauts were there on stage in Oshkosh, WI. They all spoke. Neil, of course, was the 'key note' speaker in the minds of many of us. He did not disappoint. His comments were concise, forceful, vivid and enthusiastic.

Neil made me 'goosebump' proud to be an American (and former Boy Scout) with his carefully chosen words to those gathered that summer day which reminded each of us what we can do when we all work together to achieve our goals, the next level and greatness.

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Famous people are given stuff everyday by companies that want to get some free advertising. This is an example of that. To me such a car would have little added value from its association with Armstrong as opposed to a car that he personally went out and selected for himself and used as he regular car.

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