A modified 1975 Chevrolet Nova, referred to as a “9/11 Memorial on Wheels,” is reportedly for sale for the asking price of — get this — $30 million. $30,000,000. Thirty million U.S. dollars.
The Nova has been air brushed with various scenes depicting the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. A full-page color ad in for the car in the November issue of Hemmings Motor News says the car has been signed by various senators and governors, and “has traveled across the U.S. reminding people of the tragedy that took place on 9/11/2001.”
There are no technical specifications or details on the Nova in the ad, but owner Richard Lopez does credit airbrush artists Fred Spargo, Jaime Rodriguez, Paul Collins and Nancy Garcia for the murals on the car. Lopez claims he built the car out of a “desire to educate children and parents across the United States by sharing this vehicle with each of them.”
According the Hemmings, top book value for a 1975 Nova is just over $9,000, with the average price being closer to $5,000. Lopez has not said if any of the $30 million will go towards charity.
“The price that I am asking cannot be compared to other cars that have sold for millions of dollars, as this 9/11 car has a place in history and will become more valuable with time, as it is a one of a kind,” Lopez said in the ad. We don’t consider using a national tragedy as financial leverage as the most noble way to make money, but if somebody is actually crazy (or stupid) enough to pay that much, then more power to the seller.