Ute with 100km on the clock after 14 years for sale
WHILE the average car would have clocked up 300,000km during the last 14 years, this ute has only done 100km.
The 1971 Falcon XY CS has been in storage since 1998 bar a handful of outings to keep things ticking over.
The ute has been used so little that owner Tim Ryan found the undercarriage was spotless when it was put on a hoist last weekend.
"The only speck of dirt I could find was on the exhaust, one speck," he said.
Mr Ryan bought the car from a mate 14 years ago, fulfilling a long-held dream to own an XY Falcon.
"I was a real Ford fan. That 1971, everyone says they were the best cars ever built, the XY Falcon sedan. They say they are the muscle car of Australia - even Holden people say that," he said.
"I saw it was a ute and that was close enough. It was so nice, so much work had been put into it."
Mr Ryan said the ute's paint job alone had cost the previous owner $20,000.
The car was such as show-piece that Mr Ryan could barely bring himself to drive it.
"It's absolutely immaculate. It's been in a container, covered up, let out a couple of times a year. I reverse it out and start it. It's had three batteries in 10 years. The batteries just ear out because it doesn't get used," he said.
"It's not the sort of car you drive down to the shops."
On a rare outing, the car soon grabs attention.
"My son was driving it a few years ago and the cops pulled him over just to have a look at it," Mr Ryan said.
He is no longer able to continue storing it as its current location and he does not want to bring it home to Mooloolaba, where it will be exposed to the sea air.
He hopes a collector will take a shine to it but there is one catch to selling it.
"I'm going to have to work it out but I can't let anyone test drive it," he said.