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Feebay's Top Five Sales Now 40 Percent Fords!

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On: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 4:21PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Feebay's Top Five Sales Now 40 Percent Fords!

Though most in-person auto auctions are realizing a rebound in vehicle sales prices, this “recovery” apparently has yet to hit eBay, as it’s still red-number—that’s the color the site uses on its “completed listings” to denote cars that didn’t sell—city.

Compared to my July 6th feature you can see elsewhere on this site, the prices this go-round are farther apart—both in terms of dollar amount and “page” numbers—and only one of them was for a Lamborghini.

Now, it was my original intention to do these updates pretty much monthly, but as I don’t want you to hate me by following links to auctions that have expired, I’m switching to “once every few weeks when the sales say something interesting” instead. Well, eBay automotive sales said something interesting, and, basically, in the space of two days—July 28th & 29th—plus an additional sale back on the 23rd to round-out the Top Five.

And when the roster goes Porsche, Lamborghini, FORD, Ferrari, FORD, I find that VERY interesting…

Some quick figures up front: My “June” Top Five sales totaled $1,169,740, with only one car’s sales price below $238,990. This Top Five list could’ve been had for “just” $950,960, with only one above $182,000. That’s a difference of $218,780, or the equivalent sales price of any of the Italian or American exotics on this list plus gas money for at least a week.

[Speaking of nationalities, while every car listed in June was Italian, this time there’s two domestic cars on the list, both of which happen to be units of the same American supercar, the Ford GT.]

On with the list!

TOP SELLER #1: $249,980 — 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster — [July 28, 2011]

It’s not news that over-rich doofuses often pay WAY above asking to get first-crack at the latest and greatest supercars, only to lose interest in their purchase when the next shiny thing comes along, trading it in at a tremendous loss after putting a few hundred miles on the car at most. In the case of this Porsche, however, things didn’t follow that script. In fact, it reversed it. Here we have a spankin’-new 2011 model being sold as used despite having just 23 miles on it, with a Buy-It-Now price that’s almost $46,000 ABOVE its MSRP. The price can be explained by this car’s being one of just 356 “Speedsters” being produced. But as for why this “one owner” got rid of this loaded, limited-edition roadster without ever having actually driven it, well, your guess is as good as mine.

TOP SELLER #2: $182,000 — 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe — [July 29, 2011]

User ID “supercars*2010” not only sold this Gallardo, the No. 2 car on the list, but also the Ford GT in spot No. 3. Said to be a one-owner car with only 3,145 miles—and a 2009 MSRP of $245,902—this white all-wheel drive Gallardo LP560-4 isn’t nearly as exciting to look at as I’m sure it is to drive. Also, though I know it was put in there to make you feel BETTER about the car, the listing’s statement that “This car just came out of service and had all the recalls fixed and is ready for its new owner with a clean bill of health!” only serves to worry me about living with a car this expensive—to purchase AND repair—that has been subject to not only ONE recall, but apparently SEVERAL. Well, given that it’s got everything under the sun on it—apart from an appropriate color—and that these Lambos go like stink, I’m sure those recalls were the last thing on the new owner’s mind when his “Buy-It-Now” was transformed into a “Drive-It-Now” upon its delivery…

TOP SELLER #3: $178,980 — 2005 Ford GT coupe — [July 28, 2011]

Selling a day earlier—and for just $3,020 less—than the Lambo above, this 1,726-miles-young Quick Silver 2005 Ford GT suffers from a similar boring-color-based handicap. Or so I thought. Turns out that when compared to the arrest-me-red Ford GT in this list’s fifth slot—which is similarly like-new, fully-equipped, etc., but has over 1k fewer miles—this claimed “late production” GT brought $13,980 MORE when it sold just five days later. But that could be due to the fact that this one ended with “Buy-It-Now” vs. the red one’s sale via eBay’s “Best Offer” format. [These folks sold ANOTHER Ford GT—this one dark blue with 1,799 miles—for even more ($184,980) on Aug. 4th, but that’s a story for my NEXT recap.] Regardless, ANY Ford GT is a formidable car, and if you were to give me one, I wouldn’t care if it was metallic pink with Hello Kitty stickers all over it. Come to think of it, my daughters would LOVE that….

TOP SELLER #4: $176,100 — 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia coupe — [July 29, 2011]

This is the only car on the list that actually sold via eBay’s previously-standard auction method, but just barely. Someone “bid” the listing’s starting price of $176,000 the day before the auction ended, only to have someone bid $100 more and take it just as the auction closed. Though the car seemed to be in fantastic shape, it had two things going against it in my mind: it was being sold in car-unfriendly San Francisco and had racked-up an unusually-high—for an eBay-offered exotic—number of miles (6,400). Both (or either) could have kept others away, too, resulting in this bottom-line-scraping winning bid. I hope, for the new owner’s sake, that THAT was the only “scraping” this Ferrari’s been involved with. But if you’ve ever driven a hunkered-down car like this in San Francisco, well, you know how unlikely THAT is….

TOP SELLER #5: $165,000 — 2005 Ford GT coupe — [July 23, 2011]

As I mentioned earlier, I’m at a bit of a loss to explain how this Ford GT failed to grab the attention—and higher sales prices—garnered by its similarly-equipped (but less eye-catching) sisters. This car had it all, literally, with every option you could opt for—painted racing stripes, painted brake calipers, BBS wheels and McIntosh sound system—plus everything else (storage cover, books, window sticker, etc.) that even LOOKED at this car sideways. Add this car’s very low miles—the listing says the car was “only driven a handful of times”—and its posthumous sale by the family of the “Ford enthusiast” with a “HUGE climate-controlled garage full of cars” who originally purchased it, well, it seems to me that this auction’s “Best Offer” buyer will get a significantly-better offer when he or she goes to sell it themselves.

If there’s one thing you should take away from this list, it’s this: Though the demographics of its auction-type-usage might be changing, eBay’s still a great place to explore whether you have the money to actually buy anything or not. [OK, it’s WAY better if you have the money. I mean, I guess it is. Isn’t it? As a career journalist, I REALLY wouldn’t know….]

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