Alan Shepard’s Corvette heading to auction this weekend

By Colin Wood
Jan 28, 2022 | Chevrolet, Corvette, Barrett-Jackson

Photography Courtesy Barrett-Jackson

Missed the chance to be the first American in space? You can still own his Corvette, at least.

Alan Shepard’s 1968 Chevrolet Corvette is set to go across the auction block this Saturday during Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2022 auction.

The story goes that GM let the early NASA astronauts lease the Corvettes for only $1 a year through a local Chevrolet dealership. These Corvettes weren’t just extras sitting on the lot, however, as Shepard configured this one with the L89 427-cubic-inch V8 backed by a four-speed manual transmission.

Previously, the car spent time in the Corvette Museum of America as well as the NASA U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum.

Included in the sale of the Corvette are the original tank sticker, order sheet and Corvette Club registration documents.

The best part, though, just might be the license plate:

So, how much do you think this Corvette will sell for? An out-of-this-world price (we’re not sorry) or something closer to Hagerty’s No. 3 value of $77,500?

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spitfirebill MegaDork
1/27/22 1:37 p.m.

If the money is going to a charity, it'll bring 1 meeeellion dollars.  

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ SuperDork
1/28/22 7:46 p.m.

Hagerty's #3 on a non astronaut '68 is $77.5?!  Wow!  



Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/28/22 7:53 p.m.

Missed the chance to be the first American in space? You can still own his Corvette, at least.

That's a great line, thank you. 

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
1/28/22 8:37 p.m.

I would've loved to be the marketing guy working at GM back in the day.  Pitching to some boss that you've got this idea to lease any Corvette to the astronauts for a $1.  Super cool to link one of the sweetest cars to an awesome project.  

I lived through this era as a 8-10 year old kid and the space race and astronaut thing was a big part of my life.  Nobody does this today?  

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/28/22 8:49 p.m.

Now that's providence I'd actually pay for if I could. 

wearymicrobe PowerDork
1/28/22 8:56 p.m.
A 401 CJ said:

Hagerty's #3 on a non astronaut '68 is $77.5?!  Wow!  



There valuations are all over the place. Its just a number. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/29/22 9:23 a.m.

In reply to wearymicrobe :

It's also worth mentioning that that's the #3 value for an L89-equipped convertible.

For comparison, #3 value for a "base" 327 convertible is $30,000.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/29/22 9:25 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Thanks, I'm pretty proud of that one. It's definitely not because I'm a little bitter that I'm not an astronaut.

I do get paid to tell the internet how cars make me feel, so I have that going for me.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/31/22 12:27 p.m.

Final selling price: $308,000.

Somehow not as much as I thought it would fetch.

stroker UberDork
1/31/22 3:00 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Says something about society, dunnit?


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