Does your morning commute need a little boost? How about a presidential car?
So buy a piece of history, complete with leather seats, a sunroof, and a spotless accident record!
There's just one potential problem. The minimum bid is $1 million. And forget a payment plan: The full $1 million would be due to the seller 10 days after purchase.
The car is being sold by an anonymous owner and was posted by veteran eBay Motors seller Lisa Czibor, (username cubfanatic23) in the Chicago area. So far there are zero bids for the vehicle, which will be listed until Feb. 1.
According to the seller description, the car comes with “the original paperwork and the title showing that this vehicle was actually used by Barack.”
Ms. Czibor goes on to caution: “This auction is a serious auction, and please keep it as such. eBay is not a playground. We understand that many in this great country of ours have differing political views. Please keep your comments concerning the upcoming election out of this eBay auction, this is not the proper arena for those opinions.”
No wonder Czibor, who assures us that she is a “life-long Ronald Reagan old-school Conservative” and “a free market Capitalist doing whatever [she] can,” has a 100 percent positive feedback rating for her eBay work.
Per Czibor’s request, let’s put politics aside. Is the prepresidential Chrysler really worth $1 million?
The Kelley Blue Book value of a 2005 Chrysler 300C in excellent condition with 20,800 is $16,558.
Even if the car is in excellent condition and has possible historical value, $1 million is pretty steep as an asking price. It's true that in 2009, a Russian billionaire bought a blue Mercedes once owned by Adolf Hitler for $8 million, one of the examples used to justify the Obama Chrysler’s high price tag. But a Cadillac V-16 convertible used by Franklin Roosevelt as a presidential limousine was recently auctioned off for a paltry $270,000.
If you do spring for the car, you can do whatever you want with it afterward, Czibor says. She has a few suggestions: “You can put it in a museum… you could have a Hollywood Stuntman drive the Obama car off a cliff to represent Obama's economic strategies … whatever you want once it's bought & paid for,” the ad says.