Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 3, 2013
To all the Paulites out there: If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of Ron Paul history, now’s your chance.
The former Texas Congressman has decided to sell his 1979 Chevrolet Chevette, according to the website for his Peace and Prosperty Institute. The lime green car, which has just 69,000 miles on it, has sat in a garage for 10 years and even comes with its original Congressional license plate. The winner will also get to meet the former presidential candidate when they pick up the car.
According to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which announced the auction, there’s actually an interesting story behind the unique fundraising stunt. Paul wrote on the site:
In 1979, when I was headed to DC for my first full term in Congress, I bought a car to keep there. It was a 1979 Chevrolet Chevette. But this compact 4-door soon proved to be controversial. Tip O’Neill, the powerful House speaker, was advocating gasoline rationing for the rest of us, while he was chauffeured around in a Lincoln, all at taxpayer expense. And no waiting in gasoline lines for him, nor paying for it: he had his own pump in the House garage.
So my little car—which I paid for myself, of course—was parked next to the Tip behemoth for a cheeky photo. Well, you would have thought I was Ed Snowden. There was a huge blow-up. Tip even levied the ultimate punishment: he blocked pork-barrel funds for me, which I was not seeking anyway.
Daniel McAdams, the institute’s executive director, told The Washington Post that just two days into the challenge the highest bid has been around $5,500. But don’t worry, interested Paulites who want this piece of history still have until Oct. 15 to get their pledges in.