The car's owner has received more than 20 bids for the blue 2005 Chrysler 300C that once belonged to the president-elect. The high bid has reached $119,999.
Supporters of the next U.S. president can bid on his old car on eBay. So can anyone else, but with a minimum bid of $100,000, it's unlikely anyone will buy the car just for the car.
Collectors, historians, political junkies, and Barack Obama fans have five days left to bid on the blue (not red) 2005 Chrysler 300C, which was originally priced around $35,000.
Obama traded the luxury sports sedan in for a Ford Escape hybrid before being nominated by the Democratic Party. The car, with a Hemi V8 engine, gets 15 to 25 miles per gallon, depending on traffic and speeds. It is equipped with GPS, heated seats, cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, and a sunroof. It has a gray leather interior and chrome hubcaps.
Tim O'Boyle, who manages a restaurant just outside Chicago, is selling the car. He said he bought it before a dealer told him Obama had previously owned it. Obama's old car had just 19,000 miles on it when O'Boyle purchased it. It now has 20,891 miles on it and is still under warranty, according to the eBay listing.
O'Boyle has received over 20 bids, with $119,999 being the highest by Friday afternoon. The car has its own separate Web site, which promises more information about Obama's old car, which O'Boyle dubbed the "notorious 300C." The car gained notoriety as a bit of a political misstep after Obama called for Detroit to become more environmentally sensitive but people noticed that his own car got poor mileage.
Obama's new SUV gets better gas mileage, but it may not get much use since presidents and first ladies traditionally don't drive themselves around.
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