Aside from a Jurassic Park tribute and a Family Truckster-styled SUV that pays homage to National Lampoon’s Vacation, we rarely see older Ford Explorer models pop up at auction. That’s because, well, Ford’s long-running family hauler isn’t really a collectible vehicle, at least for now. But that perception may change a bit thanks to this 1995 Ford Explorer XLT that just went up for auction at Cars & Bids.
It certainly isn’t cosmetically perfect by any means, as it has some underbody rust, faded and damaged trim, stone chips, and even holes where a push bar used to be mounted in the front bumper, but this 1995 Ford Explorer does have one big thing going for it – it has just 38,000 original miles. That’s an incredibly low number for an Explorer of this vintage, and something that we simply never see.
That’s because these SUVs were built to drive into the ground, and that’s precisely what people do with them. Most of the Explorers from these years still running around have well over 100,000 miles on the clock and are absolutely clapped-out in terms of cosmetic appearance. This Explorer has also lived its entire life in the state of Texas and is well-equipped with a solid options list and Ford’s venerable 4.0L V6 under the hood.
This particular Explorer is equipped with Ford’s optional Preferred Equipment Package, which includes a premium radio, luggage rack, luxury group, electronics group, an overhead console, fog lamps, floor mats, cargo mat, and automatic overdrive transmission. It also sports a leather interior, power windows and locks, cruise control, and air conditioning, among various other amenities.
These earlier versions of the Explorer were loved by many, but today, it’s virtually impossible to find a nice one or even one with less than 100k miles – making this 1995 example a pretty special find, even if it isn’t exactly an appreciating asset by any means.