According to Wikipedia, General Motors made a deal to give cars to the Mercury astronauts at drastically discounted prices. Pictures of America's heroes driving their cars was good marketing for GM. Many astronauts opted for the Chevy Corvette sports car. Kennedy Space Center security apparently turned a blind eye to astronauts racing around the facility, and Alan Bean recounted seeing a row of Corvettes lined up in the astronaut parking lot in Houston. Alan Shepard's white Corvette (below) is on display in the Saturn V building at the KSC Visitor's Center.
- Did the offer extend beyond the Mercury astronauts?
- Did GM ever stop letting more astronauts join the program? When?
- Did GM eventually stop the deal altogether? When?