2nd February, 2012
There’s only one reason for the presidential price tag on this 2005 Chrysler 300C – it was used by US President Barack Obama! Put up on eBay by one “cubfanatic233 for US$1,000,000, this 300C was said to have been used by Obama when he was Illinois State Senator, before he occupied the White House. The seller says that he has the original Illinois title showing this Chrysler (VIN #:2C3AA63H55H174644) was actually used by Obama. The 300C was transferred to Obama on 13 July 2004 when the vehicle had two miles on it. He then put over 19,000 miles on the clock.
The seller presumes that the 19,000 miles included many highway miles back and forth from Chicago to Springfield. Obama won election to the US Senate in November 2004 and could have driven the car between Washington D.C. and Chicago in 2005/2006. Apparently, Obama received negative media attention regarding his choice of car – a heavy drinking V8 Hemi machine. So the man boosted his green credentials and traded it in for a friendlier Ford Escape Hybrid in 2007. Mr Seller reminds punters that this is not a joke, nor is the $1m asking price. He points out that President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot 504 fetched £1.5million at an auction, and a 1975 Ford Escort GL once owned by Pope John Paul II sold for $690,000 to a Houston multimillionaire.