Today's lesson in morality and capitalism begins with a single question: Should you try to profit off the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. by selling his used Saab 900 for $100,000? One New Jersey dealer says why not?
A 1994 Saab 900 in excellent condition and low miles typically would sell for about $4,700 on any used car lot in the Garden State, but the dealer behind this eBay ad believes a $95,000 markup seems about right for JFK Jr.'s daily driver at the time of his death in 1999. Stored ever since, the 900 has just 30,500 on the odometer and seems in decent condition — although the seller isn't vouching for any mechanical workings.
Knowing from what it takes to prove a vehicle's link to the Kennedy clan, the car comes with all the right documents, including Kennedy's license. The seller also shows the decorum and restraint one would expect from a New Jersey used car salesman, caps lock and all:
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME AROUND ONCE IN A LIFETIME TO OWN A PIECE OF CAMELOT FROM THE KENNEDY DYNASTY. THIS CAR WAS PARKED FOR OVER 10 YEARS, BUT ONLY UNTIL NOW IS IT BECOMING AVAILABLE FOR SALE....
JOHN F. KENNEDY, JR. WAS A BELOVED PERSON THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT HIS PERSONAL VEHICLE IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE. IMAGINE ACTUALLY OWNING THIS VEHICLE IN YOUR CAR COLLECTION, MUSEUM OR SIMPLY IS THE BEST CONVERSATION PIECE EVER. WE ARE SURE THAT YOU CAN FIND MANY VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE SHOWING JOHN AND HIS WIFE CAROLINE GETTING IN HIS SAAB ATTEMTING TO AVOID THE PAPARAZZI IN NEW YORK CITY.
Here's a conversation I'd like to start with anyone who buys this, before they try to show me YouTube videos: What other pieces of everyday machinery with macabre historical heritages have you paid too much money for? Kurt Cobain's Fridigaire? Anna Nicole Smith's baby monitor, still in its original packaging? Or were you just a douchebag with your money this one time?
So far there are no bids with a day left in the auction. Even the Internet has its limits.