Ron Paul sells his bright green 1979 Chevrolet

October 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Ron Paul sold his bright green Chevrolet Chevette, apparently nicknamed the "green pea", for a donation of $15,100 to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Not only does the car seem to have sentimental value to Paul, but according to the former presidential candidate, the car was at the center of controversy in the 1979 political world. Tip O'Neill, the House speaker at the time, was advocating gas rationing for citizens, while he drove, in Paul's words, a "behemoth" Lincoln. What did the libertarian Congressmen do?

"So my little car - which I paid for myself, of course - was parked next to the Tip behemoth for a cheeky photo," said Paul. "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."

Although the car is over 30 years old, it only has around 69,000 miles on it and has been sitting in a garage for the last 10 years. However, even with the small mile count, it's certain the car will still have to go through regular vehicle maintenance and tune up to get it back up and driving like it's 1979.

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