You can own Ron Paul’s ‘Vette

It doesn’t, alas, come with a whole lot of freedom of movement, at least on the inside:

Former Congressman and presidential hopeful Ron Paul is holding an auction for his 1979 Chevrolet Chevette to benefit his non-profit Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

The otherwise-unremarkable econobox has just under 70,000 miles and comes with some history attached:

[T]his little Chevette is a part of congressional history. Paul bought it during his first term as a U.S. representative. That same year, then-Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was advocating gasoline rationing while being chauffeured in a large Lincoln. According to Paul, [a] “cheeky photo” comparing his compact car and O’Neill’s massive Lincoln caused a blow-up between himself and O’Neill.

Ah, Tip. After the last couple of Speakers, I kinda miss the guy.


  1. Jeffro »

    3 October 2013 · 9:36 pm

    I’d like to see Sam Rayburn’s eyebrows about jump off his face one more time…..

  2. Brett »

    3 October 2013 · 10:05 pm

    Let’s not forget our own Man from Bug Tussle…

  3. no »

    3 October 2013 · 10:13 pm

    You miss a bloviating obese hypocrite? Sheesh.

  4. CGHill »

    3 October 2013 · 10:18 pm

    I understood Tip’s bloviations: they were properly profit-oriented. (No palm goes ungreased.)

  5. McGehee »

    4 October 2013 · 6:45 am

    Compared to Shrieky and Weepy, a stereotypically corrupt Boston pol would almost be a breath of — well, not fresh air, I suppose, but less eye-wateringly fetid.

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