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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-13-2007 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seen on eBay: Franklin Mint 1969 Apollo 12 Corvette - LE "Astrovette"

I haven't been able to find how much these originally sold for, though apparently they were released in December 2006. It looks to be a skilled reproduction...

dsenechal
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posted 03-14-2007 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These were first announced in November 2006, and they became available right before Christmas. Price was $120 plus shipping. They were made by the Franklin Mint in a limited edition of 427 (based on the L36 390hp 427 big block engine); however, since they were essentially commissioned by Diecast Reproductions, they were never available directly from Franklin Mint. Quality, detail, and accuracy are extremely and satisfyingly high.

KSCartist
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posted 03-15-2007 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The explanation offered on eBay mentions that the Apollo 12 crew were they first an only to drive matching Corvettes. While the key word there may be "matching" didn't the Apollo 15 crew have the same Corvette but one red, one white and the third blue to match the symbols on their patch? I seem to recall seeing a photograph in LIFE magazine showing them with their cars.

dsenechal
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posted 03-15-2007 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the Apollo 15 crew had red, white, and blue Corvettes. In fact, Dave Scott's car (the blue one) was recently being auctioned on ebay by Rathmann Chevrolet. It was in rough, unrestored condition. The reserve wasn't met.

dtemple
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posted 03-16-2007 01:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For a bit more on the matching "Apollo 12" Corvettes see, The Car With The Right Stuff

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