The 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra you see here is gorgeous, I think we can all agree on that, but it has only done 1,100 miles in fifty years, which is weird and somehow wrong. I understand why the owner of a beautiful classic might want to keep it in excellent condition and low mileage but this sounds like overkill.

This all-original Fairlane was recently sold on Ebay for a eye-watering $165,000. The car has only been sold twice. The original owner bought it new and held onto it until 2013 when it was sold to the second owner who kept it safely stored in a showroom until a few days ago. In other words, even though the car has obviously been egregiously maintained, it has never seen the road.

It comes in its original Candy Apple Red paint with the original Goodyear Polyglas tyres. It even has the paper floor mats it was originally sold with by Metro Ford in Des Moines, Iowa. Both the bill of sale and the order sheet from Metro Ford are present and accounted for, and so is the new owner’s manuals, warranty card and even several accessories including a mint original Cobra jacket.

Inside you'll find plastic protectors on the seat belts and left side carpet, and the wheel trim rings have never been installed. The car also features bucket seats, power steering and disc brakes, tachometer, radio and Ford Deluxe Air Conditioning.

It is powered by a 428-cu / 7 L Super Cobra Jet engine making 335 hp. The 0-60 time is 6 seconds while the quarter-mile time is 14.6 seconds.

I'll be honest, the car is excellent and in great condition but the whole story is sort of depressing, if you think about it. I sort of understand when people do this with extremely rare cars with production limited to, say, under 10 units but this was more or less standard so knowing that this car has in fact never been used makes me sad.

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