Washington: A humble car driven by Barack
Obama before he became US President is up for sale on a
shopping website. The starting bid? A cool USD1 million.
The 2005 grey Chrysler sedan in which Obama travelled to
and from the state house in Illinois when he was a senator is
up for auction on eBay.
The owner of the car is now offering the ultimate piece
of Obama memorabilia on eBay, ABCNews reported.
The ad states `Barack Obama owned driven car - 2005
Chrysler 300C 19k miles driven by Barack`.
A brand-new Chrysler 300c is available for USD 27,000.
Normally a model of this age would resell for USD 14,446.
Lisa Czibor, who is managing the auction for a `friend of
a friend`, told ABCNews.com: `How do you put a price on
something like that?`
Obama leased the Chrysler 300C from 2004 until 2007, then
traded it in for a hybrid vehicle.
"The guy who bought it found out it was Obama`s car,"
Czibor said. "He put 1,600 miles on it and once Barack was
elected president, he stopped driving it."
The listing has received a lot of clicks, but no
interested buyers have emerged.
"There are other cars that have sold for large amounts of
money," Czibor said.
She pointed to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s
1977 white Peugeot, which sold for approximately USD 2.4
million at auction and Adolf Hitler`s convertible blue
Mercedes, which sold for USD 8 million.
The auction ends on February 1.
When Obama hits the road these days, he travels in an
armoured presidential limousine nicknamed `The Beast`.
The 18ft-long vehicle, a 2009 Cadillac, has 5inch-thick
bullet-proof glass and is able to withstand chemical attack.