The 2001 Ford Explorer Sportsman concept was built for fishermen, only displays the speed you're driving in Euro jargon and isn't legal for highway use. But right now, for less than the price of a normal street-legal Ford Expedition that tells you how fast you're going in proper miles per hour, you can own it.
When Ford rolled out the Explorer Sportsman concept SUV at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, it was intended to bring the American SUV back to its roots of being a means of rugged outdoors transport instead of a prominent fixture at suburban shopping mall parking lots. In fact, Ford had one specific outdoorsy person in mind when they were designing the Explorer Sportsman concept: Fly fishers. No, really. Fly fishers.
To make the Explorer Sportsman more Sportsman's Warehouse and less Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Ford fitted it with full skid plates and the front bumper with a integral winch because you'd totally want to bash up a one-off prototype off-road. And for the avid fly fisher, the running boards had hidden storage space for his fishing rods. It even included a removable 30 gallon live fish tank in the back so that the avid fly fisher, probably desperate to get out of the house and away from his nagging wife who recently banned beer from the fridge, could cleverly stow away all of the Miller High Life he was going to drink with his buddies down at the pay lake where the fish "just wudn't bitin' tahday."
Speaking of the interior, the seats are trimmed in woven leather and they look as if they were stolen from some ritzy redneck's Bayliner bass boat, continuing the angling theme. Everything else is trimmed in Australian Bloodwood because why not. And the speedometer only displays kilometers per hour because, as we all know, the Ford Explorer was insanely popular with small car loving Europeans who just have to be different and use the goddamn metric system.
Now, most concept cars usually lack the ability to move under their own power. But not this one. The Ford Explorer Sportsman concept is motivated by a Mazda-sourced four-banger that I have good reason to believe was borrowed from a ratty old Ford Probe. If so, then it's only good for a maximum of 127 horsepower. Hopefully, I shouldn't have to tell you how insanely slow this thing would be to drive.
Well, that is if it were street legal. Because the Explorer Sportsman is a concept vehicle, that means Ford didn't have to meet any federal safety or emissions standards when they were building it. Also, because this is a concept car, it doesn't have a VIN plate, so that means you can't title it. Add it all up and that means your car will probably be confiscated under civil forfeiture laws and used in a Jaws of Life demonstration for baked small town high school students if you were to ever let it set foot on a public roadway.
So, for the low asking price of $36,900 — which is $7,030 less than a new Ford Expedition that you can actually drive to work everyday — you can own a useless turd green SUV that was designed with the middle-aged alcoholic man in a failed marriage and who'd "rather be fishin'" in mind. But hurry. It's also currently up for bid on eBay in an auction that ends tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. and the bidding war has been so hot it's still failed to meet the reserve price.