- bring a trailer is running an auction for the last plymouth vehicle ever built, a 2001 neon lx that rolled off the line in june 2001.
- the neon in question is a single-owner car with 68 miles showing on the digital odometer.
- there's no reserve, but as of monday evening, the bidding stood at $10,250. the auction ends on may 10 at 2:15 p.m. eastern time. we'll update this story with the final selling price.
if you've got several thousand dollars and a particular taste for pristine examples of objectively boring cars, have we got a car for you. bring a trailer (with which car and driver shares a parent company) is running an auction for the last plymouth car ever built, a 2001 neon. hagerty reports that the car was custom ordered by darrell davis, who was then senior vice-president of parts and service for daimlerchrysler. the car's digital odometer has only recorded 68 miles of travel, and it's currently based in florida, safe from the salty winters of its midwestern birthplace.
the neon is in the lx trim. it has a silver exterior and a black leather interior, and it's packed with options including wood-grain trim, a sunroof, and an in-dash cd changer. it has front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, and it's powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
davis drove the car off the belvidere, illinois, assembly line himself and has saved every conceivable piece of memorabilia for the next owner. that person will take delivery of a banner displayed above the car as it came off the line, a never-installed radio antenna, the original window sticker, and assorted other paperwork and miscellaneous items. the car is stored in a climate-controlled garage, but there's some corrosion visible on the muffler in the pictures provided to bring a trailer.
the 2001 neon was the second model year of the car's second generation, and it was also sold as a dodge in the united states and a chrysler in other markets. after plymouth folded on june 29, 2001 (the day after this car was built), dodge continued building the cars and selling them in the u.s. until 2006.
the neon cost $18,210 when new. that works out to $27,250 in 2021 money. there's no reserve on the auction, and at press time on the evening of monday, may 3, the bidding stood at $10,000 after having risen quickly in the afternoon. the auction is scheduled to end on monday, may 10 at 2:15 p.m. eastern time. davis, who says he has owned 160 cars in his life and is now selling the neon in an attempt to shrink his fleet, is hoping the car will go to someone who can appreciate its place in automotive history.