In recent years, we’ve seen a host of more modern classics sell for increasingly large sums of money, though this doesn’t always apply to what one might consider a rare, performance-focused, or otherwise traditional type of collectible vehicle. Rather, unique vehicles like this 1991 Ford LTD Crown Victoria are commanding very solid amounts of money at auction these days, somewhat surprisingly. That hasn’t always been the case, as just over the past couple of years, vehicles like this 20k-mile 2004 Ford Taurus and this 37k-mile 2004 Mercury Sable LS wagon have hammered for less than $10k. However, somebody just paid a whopping $15,451 for this 2005 Mercury Sable LS wagon at Bring a Trailer, which could be a sign of things to come.
That is certainly an unprecedented, abnormal amount of money for a 2005 Mercury Sable LS wagon, but in all fairness, this might just be the nicest one left in existence. With a mere 29k original miles, it looks like it could have just rolled off the assembly line for the most part, with near-perfect Merlot Metallic paint – save for a few rock chips up front, along with pristine 16-inch wheels wrapped with fairly new 215/60 Bridgestone Fuzion Touring tires.
Hop inside, and it’s like taking a step back in time as well, because this Sable wagon is simply immaculate and equipped with plush Medium Graphite leather and wood veneer trim. It’s well-equipped for a vehicle of this age as well, with amenities including a leather and wood-timed steering wheel, automatic climate control, power windows and locks, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a newer Kenwood touchscreen infotainment head unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
This fantastic wagon is powered by the naturally-aspirated Ford 3.0L V6 Duratec powerplant, originally rated to produce an even 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. After little use and a life lived entirely in California thus far, Mercury Sable wagons certainly don’t get much nicer, which perhaps justifies this one’s rather lofty hammer price.
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I would also pay more for this Mercury SW than for any brand new SUV or crossover. Not everybody likes SUV´s o crossovers or is willing to buy one no matter what. Matter of tastes.
Bet that’s the 3.8L Duratec. Anyway, it’s the larger engine. BUT, this is a case of fools and their money trying to relive the past. It’s an epidemic. And pathetic.
My Mom had 2 friends with these and both had engines replaced fairly early on.
There is no 3.8L Duratec. 3.8L would be the Essex from the Mustang and Windstar which was an overhead valve engine.
EcoBoost: You say “case of fools and their money trying to relive the past”.
I say maybe it’s someone like me who hates SUV/CUV’s and would prefer to pay (much less) for a really nice used CAR rather than be seen driving down the road in yet another box SUV. Not all of us want an SUV type vehicle, so maybe the person who paid this for the car is a Ford guy who is majorly disappointed in Ford since they decided to kill every car they had. I, for one, will never buy any Ford product again unless they bring back a car. Even then, I’m not sure if I would trust them to keep it around.
As the carmakers rush electric cars to the market and the 2035 deadline to stop producing ICE cars, very low mileage pristine vehicles (ICE) vehicles will shoot up in value
The DN101/D186 Sable and its Taurus sibling were homely cars with oval themes run wild.
The DN101 design language also scared off buyers from the CDW27 Mystique and Contour one 1/2 segment size down.
The D186 mid cycle refresh was better but still not really attractive.
The styling was so bad, Ford had to pump these cars out into rentals & fleets just to keep volumes up.
In the end, Taurus lost best selling status to the Camry, and by around 2002 Ford execs spoke of Taurus nameplate as a “damaged brand” that they could not put on the then in development D258.
It would take the 2nd Gen design language and the arrival of Mulally and his decree to drop the Five Hundred name in favor of calling it Taurus again.
If you like station wagons then go out and get yourself the Porsche Panamera. Yes, it’s a station wagon, don’t try to justify that it’s not just because Porsche made it, it is a station wagon. If you bought one, you own a station wagon made by Porsche, congrats. No different than this Sable wagon.