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Tim O'Boyle lists President Barack Obama's old car for $1 million on eBay

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By Jeanne Moos

(CNN) - When would a Chrysler car ever sell for a million dollars?

Maybe when someone very famous was once behind the wheel.

Ever wonder what happens to your old car after you get rid of it? Well, when it's President Obama's old car, someone's trying to sell it on eBay.

[Reporter]: "And you're asking a million bucks."

"A million bucks. It's a lot of money, isn't it," said Tim O'Boyle.

Especially for a 2005 model that would normally sell for under $20,000. It's a top-of-the-line Chrysler 300 C with a powerful V-8 engine.

"Basically what it is it's like a luxury hot rod," said O'Boyle.

The eBay posting includes the registration for the vehicle. At the time, Obama was a senator and leased the gas guzzler when he ran for president, and then dumped it for an environmentally correct Ford Escape hybrid.

O'Boyle, a restaurant manager, bought the Chrysler at a Chicago area showroom.

"On the way out somebody said 'Hey, you better hang on to that car.' I said 'Why's that?' he said 'Well it used to belong to Mr. Obama.' I said 'yea, right' and the guys said 'no I'm serious,'" said O'Boyle.

For O'Boyle, what really brought home the Obama connection was fiddling with the radio. He found Mr. Obama's preset favorite stations, from rock 'n roll to country.

"It was like Holy cow, you know. This is, this is the real deal here, you know," said O'Boyle.

He says he's absolutely an Obama supporter. The president has said how much he misses driving.

At a factory visit he got applause for steering a few yards straight ahead. His old Chrysler has fewer than 21,000 miles on it.

You know the asking price is high when you have to write, "Please understand that the $1 million starting price is not a joke."

The eBay ad mentions that Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad got $2.5 million for charity when his 1977 Peugeot was auctioned off. It also notes that Hitler's convertible Mercedes went for $8 million.

O'Boyle says he looked, but Obama didn't leave leftovers under the floor mats or French fries under the seat.

Those who have pointed out they see the check engine light on in the eBay photos, rest assured, everything works. But since no $1 million bids have come in, O'Boyle may consider lower offers.

CNN

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