For Sale: The 1979 Chevette Ron Paul Used To Combat Congressional Hypocrisy


This piece was originally published on September 30 by the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

In 1979, when I was headed to DC for my first full term in Congress, I bought a car to keep there. It was a 1979 Chevrolet Chevette. But this compact 4-door soon proved to be controversial. Tip O’Neill, the powerful House speaker, was advocating gasoline rationing for the rest of us, while he was chauffeured around in a Lincoln, all at taxpayer expense. And no waiting in gasoline lines for him, nor paying for it: he had his own pump in the House garage.

So my little car—which I paid for myself, of course—was parked next to the Tip behemoth for a cheeky photo. Well, you would have thought I was Ed Snowden. There was a huge blow-up. Tip even levied the ultimate punishment: he blocked pork-barrel funds for me, which I was not seeking anyway.


So this little car has some history to it. Yet it has only 69,000 miles on it. It was repainted after my youngest daughter used it at college, and has been garaged for the last 10 years. But it starts and runs, and is as cute as when Tip wanted to bomb it.

And you can own it, and aid the cause of peace and prosperity at the same time. The person who makes the highest pledge of a tax-deductible donation to the FREE Foundation by October 15, 2013, and redeems it, will own this historic little vehicle. The proceeds will be used to fund the work of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. That’s the one that outrages the neocons, so you know it is important.


We’ll have a nice turnover ceremony at the FREE office in Clute, Texas, that we’ll photograph, and I’ll also present you with a Congressional license plate that was actually used on the car.

So drive history forward, and make your pledge, mailing it to FREE, 837 W. Plantation, Clute, TX 77531 or email it to or phone 979.265.3034

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Ron Paul

Former Representative Ron Paul has maintained a steadfast consistency in speaking out against executive power, taxation and war. Unlike many of his Republican peers, as a Congressman, he voted against the Patriot Act and against the Iraq war. He has voted against farm subsidies and regulating the Internet, which is in line with his interest in reducing government spending and the role of the Federal government. Paul has also expressed his opposition to the war on drugs, saying that the government's efforts have actually been a war on doctors. These and other controversial opinions have often caused tension with his Republican counterparts. Paul is the author of many books, including End The Fed, Liberty Defined and Revolution: A Manifesto. Along with a lengthy political career as a Congressman and Presidential candidate, Paul has also worked as a respected obstetrician in his home State of Texas. Since his retirement from Congress in 2013, Paul has stayed busy encouraging Americans to fight for liberty by founding the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and his own news channel.

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  • StinkBomb Jones

    I LOVE Ron Paul & his son, Rand….I wish there were more like him, even 20 of him might turn this sucker around!!! May God Bless & protect him & his loved ones!!

  • Bill

    Great article, Ron
    Like Stink said, You and your family are the good guys

  • Rocketman

    Go Ron go! I hope that you get a least a billion dollar for it, and the way that Obama is devaluing the U.S. currency you just might.

    • Porky PuffChester

      I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at your post!!!!

  • marylou

    What a great idea..the only time in my life I’ll envy those with extra cash :-)

  • newsnose

    Sure wish I had a bag full of money to donate. What a great story and car and man. Ron has always tried to do what was right and he raised a great son, Rand that is of the same high moral character. We need a few hundred more like them in Washington.

  • John – Atlanta

    You know Ron, if you had heeded my letters and said those six little words on stage ” I love God, I love Jesus” you could have been president instead of Obama. But, you did not, the same as Romney on the last debate leaving the words God, Jesus, Creator, and Credit out of his words entirely.

    > for Peace and Prosperity

    There is not going to be any until our leaders properly acknowledge God. They blew it, you blew it, we got the president we deserved, Obama. I am finished giving any sort of money to the GOP and Doug Hoffman was the last.


      What about Allah? O-BLOWHARD does it!

      • John – Atlanta

        God planted a fly into the middle of Obama’s forehead to leave no doubt to who inhabits Obama.

        FWIW: The house fly that landed there has 12 pairs of chromosomes. # 12 in the Bible stands for government perfection or the government you have to obey. Calling Satan Lord of the Flies in the BIble is not exactly a compliment considering they eat poo.