I usually make a point of not mentioning active ebay auctions for feature cars and parts. This is because I am sometimes one of the bidders and don’t want to drive up interest and thus the ultimate final sell price. It is also because I don’t want my opinions to impact auctions and their sellers and buyers (either negatively or positively). But, not everything is what it is described as being and I sometimes can’t help but comment. I have waited until one auction in particular has ended and it doesn’t appear that it is going to be re-listed so I don’t feel that bad discussing this.
One particular white ’93 feature car keeps showing up on my radar as it has traded hands quite regularly as of late. The reason it stands out to me is due to strange claims being made about it whenever it appears. Last time, it was the gold emblems which I don’t even want to get into again. (See here)
Well, it was back on ebay with no mention of the gold (perhaps I can take some credit for that) but this time the following claim was made:
â€œDocumented lowest miles automatic ‘Feature car’ in the nation.â€
I find it hard to believe that this can be documented regardless of how true it might be. No one knows the status of every feature car out there. I have been working on this exact task for about four years and I am no where near knowing about a fraction of them. Turns out, even if you only know a little bit about proofs, that is usually easier to disprove a statement than to prove it.
Looking at this view of my â€œwhere are they now?â€ section you will clearly see a number of other automatic white feature cars with lower mileage than this one. Even though some of these mileage numbers are up to a few years years old, my guess is that cars with low mileage like these are not being driven much and are still very low mileage cars with mileage at or around what was reported. Not many people are going to take a 10+ year old car with 10,000 miles on it and double that in the next few.
Additionally, based on information I have collected through my registry, I know about a half dozen automatic white feature cars with lower mileage than the 16,000 this one has. You’ll have to take my word on this since I don’t share those kind of details about cars in the registry.
I regularly see claims being made about these cars that have little or no substance behind them. I’d like to think I have some responsibility to debunk some of the myths and misstatements being made. I don’t want to alienate the buyers or sellers of these cars in dong this but very few feature cars are any more than that; feature cars. There might be an odd Saleen or pace car version out there but you really have to be wary of these claims.
Lastly, when I first read about this car and its new owner in Mustang Monthly, I made this comment:
The car is owned by a convertible enthusiast and car collector who is not necessarily just a Mustang guy. It’s interesting that the owner, who is described as liking “primarily little foreign jobs”, picked this particular Mustang. Perhaps, that lends some credibility to its status as a collectible.
At least I was right on about the assessment of this owners view of collectibility. The car was listed on KAR Mustangs for $13,900 back in 2004 when he bought it. Now the asking price is $18,000. If he gets that much, that’s a pretty good ROI. Oh well…easy come, easy go.