Got $10K? Bid on Palin's Mayoral SUV

It's up for auction on eBay
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2013 1:52 PM CST
This photo provided by the city of Wasilla shows a cardboard cutout of Sarah Palin in the 1999 Ford Expedition she used when she was mayor.   ((AP Photo/The City of Wasilla Department of Public Works))

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing's photo shows the tan SUV with a cardboard cutout of Palin in the driver's seat. A 1999 Ford Expedition in excellent condition at that mileage has a Kelley Blue Book value of $2,318 in the Wasilla area. But city officials are hoping Palin's role in history will bring out fans willing to pay a lot more.

"We put it out there to get a better return on taxpayer dollars by listing it as her car than just selling it 'as-is,'" Public Works Director Archie Giddings says. "It may have some value to somebody ... knowing who had it originally." Palin drove the vehicle during her second term as mayor, which ended in October 2002; it was used by other city workers after she left office and needs new brakes and some other repairs. The listing expires Wednesday. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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