Rare 2001 off-road concept is coming up for auction next month.
Ever wonder what happens to concept cars after they're showcased? After making the rounds of the major auto shows, and then the minor ones, they're usually put in the company's archives or put on display in a museum. But every once in a while, these show cars end up in private hands. And that's just the opportunity presented here today.
What you're looking at is the Ford EX, a concept that the Blue Oval first unveiled at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show. It looked (and looks still) like something of a cross between a Jeep Wrangler and an off-road buggy.
The conceptual rock-crawler was powered by a 4.0-liter supercharged V6, said to be good for 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, driving all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. It rode on giant 33-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, fitted to shocks that were, like most of the rest of the vehicle, exposed to the open air and gazing eyes.
Suffice it to say, it never made it into production. But instead of putting it on display, Ford sold it. Two of them, it would seem: one in silver, and one in a deep metallic red.
RM Auctions (before it merged with Sotheby's) sold both: the silver one at Monterey in 2010 for $93,500, and this red one in Indiana four years later for slightly more at $96,250.
Now Mecum Auctions has what looks to be that same red show car (or truck, or whatever you want to call it) consigned for its sale in Phoenix next month. If you're enticed by the prospect of driving something Ford never actually produced (or not in any substantial numbers at any rate), this could be your chance.