In recent months, we’ve seen a handful of first and second-generation Ford Explorer models pop up at various collector car auction sites, as well as the SUV’s less common twin, the Mazda Navajo. Now, we have yet another early Ford Explorer to add to that growing list – this 1994 Sport, which has just 68k miles on the clock and is currently up for grabs over at Cars & Bids.
This 1994 Ford Explorer Sport remained in the possession of the original owner until 2022, which means that – coupled with its low mileage total – the two-door SUV is still in excellent condition, roughly 30 years since it was built. On the outside, that’s quite evident by the Explorer’s nearly flawless Cayman Green Metallic paint and 15-inch alloy wheels, which show only the typical scratches/chips, as well as some scuffs on the bumpers and discoloration of plastic trim.
The same goes for the interior, which is finished in Mocha and features cloth upholstery, an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, power windows, locks, and mirrors, air conditioning, and cruise control. There is some normal wear, accompanied by a tear on the driver’s seat outer bolster, but otherwise, this is a pretty sanitary cabin.
Aside from modifications that include a three-inch lift, 31-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, and a manual-locking front hub conversion, this 1994 Ford Explorer Sport is still powered by its original (and stock) 4.0L V6, which in this case is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and was factory-rated to produce 160 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. In a day and age when nice first-gen Explorers are getting harder to find – not to mention two-door SUVs in general – this is a fine example of both, and perhaps a desirable future collectible, too.