Thu, Feb 06, 2003
e-Bay Auction Imitates Life
an opening bid of half a million dollars, and a (refundable) bid
fee of five grand, at least Moller didn't fall into the trap that
embarrassed last month's SoloTrek sellers on e-Bay.
The only thing that was embarrassing to Moller, was that no one
in the computer-literate world wanted to buy the SkyCar prototype
during its just-ended online auction.
This machine, the subject of countless magazine articles and
television coverage (and yes, some hype), has not turned into cash,
as Moller tries to go to the next step in his quest to produce a
similar vectored-thrust vehicle, with the computer wizardry to make
it operate nearly like the family car -- except, it would operate
in three dimensions instead of two.
If you've missed the auction, but have $9.50, there's a 1/38
scale die cast model of the machine available.
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