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April 14, 2016

That’s one step for a man…

by Paul Daniel

…and a giant step in barn finds

Old_barnfAn out of this world barn find. It will need some fixing up but not too bad for a ’66 model. Who makes this, Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, or AMC. How many were built? Does it need any kind of restoration? What’s the estimated value? Is it numbers matching? Where was it found? When do we get to see it? Why is it so rare? A galaxy of questions but it’s going to take a person who likes to shoot for the moon to take on this project.

Photo: RRAuctions

Photos: RRAuctions

This is the one-of-a-kind Brown LSSM. Whaaaat?  This is the moon buggy prototype driven by Wernher von Braun in the mid-60’s. It was used by NASA for lunar rover mobility tests and to conduct human factors studies along, with mobility evaluations before America landed on the moon. That was a great time, wasn’t it? Do you remember where you where when Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder to take his first step on the moon? It’s one of those moments in time.

Photo: RRAuction

As you can see in this image, it’s going to take some work to get it….wait, road worthy? I’d like to see that happen. Anyway, what’s it worth? Well the action house is giving it an estimate $125,000-$150,000. This will be an online auction lasting only 30 minutes on April 21st starting a 7 PM ET. If you win it, I get first dibs on a blog entry.


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