Ford Microcar Concept Has McLaren F1-Style Seats, No Engine, And A $500K Price Tag

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If you want weird and rare, this Ford Ghia Trio certainly checks some boxes.

Ford doesn't make anything like this weird little Smart-esque car anymore, especially with the Fiesta dead. If you squint you can call the Maverick "compact," at least until you see this. The car in question is a wild one-off Ford concept from the 80s. The Ford Ghia Trio concept had some strange features, like McLaren F1-style seating and windows, a single wiper blade, and a single rearview mirror on the outside of the car.

If you've already decided you love this weird little metal blob, you'll be delighted to know it's for sale. You may not be too happy about the pricing though, as an eBay seller has the car listed at a whopping $500,000. However, the seller does claim the car is "1 of 1."

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We've attached the listing below the article body for your viewing pleasure. The seller's listing states the car doesn't have a VIN, as it was a concept car. On top of that, there's no title, again for the same reason. On top of that, there isn't an engine in the car. It was initially a 250cc twin-cylinder, two-stroke motor that drove the rear wheels via a continuously-variable belt transmission.

The listing does state some shops have quoted roughly $4-$5K to put an engine in it, which is fractional compared to the asking price. On top of that, the Henry Ford Museum and Ford archives department have allegedly both been contacted, and said "this is probably the only one in the world."

The Ford Ghia Trio originally debuted at the 1983 Geneva Motor Show and was intended to be a small city car for tiny, crowded streets, as it measured just 53 inches wide.

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The Ghia's body was pretty strange, too. The car's floor had a honeycomb-like construction, which helped to increase its strength. Ford used both fiberglass and Kevlar for the construction. More fiberglass was used for the seat frames, which also had some lighter aluminum.

Obviously, the Ghia's tiny frame and lightweight construction also guaranteed it got motorcycle-like fuel economy. At the time, Ford said it'd hit 70 MPG, but would only manage a top speed of 50 MPH.

If this particular blend of weird, pricey, and rare strike your fancy, the seller says they have a VIN and registration provided by the car's home state of Connecticut, and that the price is OBO.

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