Friday, March 15, 2013

15k: Unsold Adams Award for Worst PIctures!! 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback

DT regulars are aware that we sometimes issue the Ansel Adams Award for outstanding Photography in an Automotive Ad or Auction.  Well, today, we're offering the Razzies equivalent of that prestigious award... the Unsold Adams Award for worst presentation of an otherwise sellable car.

The seller of this otherwise promise 1968 J-Code Mustang Fastback decided to enroll in Ebay and take a couple of pictures of his apparently abandoned Eleanor/Shelby Tribute car.  The seller hails from the Washington, D.C. suburb of Fairfax, VA. and his complete photo-essay, seen here on ebay with bids already at $16,500 with more than a day left to run.  Come take a tour through this gallery of horrors!!

Ladies and Gentleman....The Opening Shot:
This lets you know what you're buying and who you're buying from

As they used to say on the old TV show, The Outer Limits..."do not attempt to adjust your tv monitor".  Just be sure to turn your head sideways so that you can catch a glimpse of the Cougar taillight lenses.
That shot is followed by a group of pictures that are intended to capture this car and all of the assembled parts in its best light. 

Like the Interior

 A freshly built 302 roughed into the engine bay

Don't forget the inboard mounted Shelby driving lights

And an entire swap meet's worth of parts gathered for the final build

 Turn Sideways to notice that the center floor console above is from a '67

 Everything from a starter a white-face gauge kit and Shelby badges
Even a top-loader 4-speed shown sideways...not included in this

There's plenty of room in the back for all this stuff!

Squint a little and these tires look just like they're on a car!!

And the piece de la resistance..the Marti Report!!

There is a pretty sizable crowd of people following this auction, in spite of these horrible pictures (and some properly oriented pictures not included herein, for dramatic effect)

Surprisingly, there are bids... going to a seller with a ZERO feedback score.  He apparently joined ebay the same day that he borrowed the 1992 vintage cell-phone camera he used to take these pictures.  The other possibility is that he is a recent graduate of the Rupert Murdoch School of Photojournalism and had to hack low resolution photos off a third party's phone.

Having built my own 1:1 scale model of a 1967 Mustang, I can tell you there are a lot of valuable pieces shown here. regardless of how poorly they are represented.  If one assumes that the engine is properly built and that the seller can be cajoled into giving up the Top-Loader which was pictured as part of the parts offered in the ad...this car could be a buy for anyone who has already been through a Mustang build and now potentially has a lot of fasteners and otherwise forgotten pieces that are probably missing from this build.

Had the seller taken just a few minutes to compose himself and his pictures, this story would have gone quite differently.  Wonder how it will finish out on Ebay?

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  1. I've always thought that the best ebay and craiglist ads to go after were the ones with the worst photos. This means less competition from other buyers and a better price for a similar product. MHO.

  2. I figure that the time spent on a nice Craigslist add (or ebay) is equal to the quality of work done on ... whatever.. I could never trust someone who put in an add like this - I feel that anyone bidding on this without seeing it... has more money than brains.

  3. Despite the horrible photography, this has the makings of a really nice ride that you could show off at the next car show on Thursday at the Sonic Drive-In.

  4. You guys at DT are kilin me


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