I’m thinking about buying this. Or, I should say, I thought about buying this, back when it was three grand. Autoblog ran a story on it the other day, and I figured it wouldn’t top $5k. Well, I was wrong.
Let’s back up. What, exactly, is this? It’s a 2001 Pontiac Aztek currently on eBay with the auction price at $14,322.22. And why is it so expensive? Because it’s the first Aztek ever made.
That’s right: 2001 Pontiac Aztek VIN# 00001 is currently offered on eBay in pristine condition and – this is true – with a Barrett-Jackson license plate screwed on. It turns out this Aztek (described several times in the listing as an “Aztec”) sold for $15,950 at B-J in 2009, which is stunning when you consider it sold for $22,000 eight years early. That’s BMW Z8 depreciation.
Of course, not every Aztek saw values stay so strong. Number 00001 is one-of-a-kind; the very first example of a model that showed Pontiac no longer had to resort to rebadged versions of other GM models. Yes, this one was different. This one … had plastic cladding.
Maybe more ridiculous than the selling price, or the #00001 serial number, is the fact that the previous owners have kept it in mint condition. The odometer has less than 8,000 miles on it. The seats are perfect. The body is excellent.
Some previous owner thought this car would be worth something one day – and who knows, they might still be right. Humorously, that owner wasn’t Pontiac, who apparently let the first Aztek out of its sights. And sadly, it won’t be me. I don’t care how many zeroes are in the VIN: this is crazy money for an Aztek. It’s even crazy money for an Aztec.