You might expect to pay about $14,000 for a 2005 Chrysler 300C with just under 21,000 miles, maybe even less in this economy, but there is one on Ebay that just fetched about 20 times that amount. With well over 100 bids, Barack Obama’s Chrysler 300C sold for $271,300. As you can imagine this was no ordinary Ebay auction.
In just one day the auction page was viewed by 146,000 people, and over 8,000 people were officially watching it on Ebay. As I was writing this article, over 213,000 people had viewed the auction page, and when it was all over more than 276,000 people had seen it!
Now not just anyone could bid in this Ebay auction. No you didn’t have to have a Secret Service clearance, but you did have to be pre-approved to bid on Obama’s former Chrysler. And in case you were wondering, Over 100 people were pre-approved to bid on Barack’s 300C.
For all of your trouble and a whole heck of a lot of money, you will at least be receiving proof of the President’s ownership via the title. You’ll also be getting a fully loaded car with options like leather interior, navigation, power doors and locks, and a sunroof! Obama personally drove the light blue 300C with gray leather interior from 2004 to 2007.
The lucky winner thankfully will have some piece of mind in terms of manufacturer support on their new presidential passenger car. The 300C will be under warranty for another three years or about 30,000 more miles until the 7 year 50,000 mile warranty runs out, but I’m pretty sure that the new owner (known only by the Ebay community as s***z) will probably be charging admission to see it, and not using it as a grocery getter.
The seller of Obama’s 300C definitely seemed to want to keep politics out of the sale, and bidders were asked to “please keep your political views, derogatory comments, and un-serious inquiries to yourself.” This is America of course and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the seller was trying to keep things “strictly business”.
One comment posted on the Ebay auction page was from an unfortunate person who was familiar with the car. The person said, “just wanted to congratulate you. I test drove this car back in feb of last year at park plaza. It was a litte too pricey for me. I am definately kickin’ myself now though. Congrats again.” The nouveau riche seller replied, “Thanks for not purchasing it!” I don’t think Obama will miss the car too much, or lament the fact that he could’ve sold it for a bit more, considering his new ride is just a tad bit more expensive!
So is $271,300 a fair price to pay for what is really a $14,000 car? Well if you have been watching auto auctions like the Barret-Jackson, you can certainly see that the market is strong for unique cars, especially if they were owned by celebrities or in this case, the current President of the United States. Hopefully the new owner of President Obama’s Chrysler 300C won’t regret the fact that he could’ve had the car that the 300C (especially the grill) is designed to look like, the Bentley Continental for about the same price!