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Ron Paul Auctions Off 'Historic' Car

Image: Ron Paul Auctions Off 'Historic' Car Ron Paul's 1979 Chevette, at left, next to Tip O'Neill's Lincoln.

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 11:48 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Ron Paul fans will have a chance to win the first car the Texas Republican kept in Washington when he began his tenure in Congress in 1979, a car he says that made a little history.

The former Texas congressman is auctioning off the 1979 Chevrolet Chevette he drove around when former House Speaker Tip O'Neill supported gasoline rations "while he was chauffeured around in a Lincoln" and not subject to the rations because "he had his own pump in the House garage," Paul explains on the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity website.

Paul took a "cheeky photo" of his little Chevette next to O'Neil's Lincoln, which he says sparked a controversy.

"Well, you would have thought I was Ed Snowden," writes the Texas Republican, comparing himself to the NSA contractor who leaked the government's surveillance practices. "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."

The bright-green Chevette will go to the person who pledges the most money by Oct. 15. The tax-deductible donation will go to Paul's think-tank, the FREE Foundation — The Foundation for Rational Economics & Education — and will be handed over to the winner at ceremony at the FREE office in Clute, Texas. The winner also will get a Congressional license plate that used to be on the car.

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