Time capsule 1974 Ford Maverick up for auction hasn't been driven in 45 years

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If you’re looking for an unusual last-minute gift for the automotive enthusiast in your life, there’s a classic car like no other being offered through an online auction that ends on Christmas Eve.

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It’s a 1974 Ford Maverick listed on Bringatrailer.com that has just 66 miles on the odometer and an interesting story to go with them. According to the Portland, Oregon-based seller, a brother and sister inherited some money and the brother surprised his sibling with the car as a present. The problem was, she didn’t drive and didn’t want to, so he parked the medium yellow gold four-door in her garage and it sat there for 35 years until she passed away.

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The 66 miles allegedly represent the distance from the Ford dealer to her house and, while the car has been sold twice since then, not a single one has been added since.

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The fluids have been changed, however, including the oil in its 250 cubic-inch Thriftmaster inline-6 engine. There’s also a new fuel tank and battery, but it is otherwise all original, right down to its vinyl and cloth striped bench seats.

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The car is equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM radio and cost $3323.67 when new. Ford sold just over 2 million Mavericks in North America from 1969 to 1977 and 1974 was its best year at 301,048, according to Hemmings.

As of this writing, the bidding had reached $11,500, which is around what the Hagerty Price Guide estimates a perfectly-maintained example is worth, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one more perfect than this.

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