A 1983 Ford LTD Station Wagon “Art Car” Worth $2.25 Million? Are You Nuts?

A largely unknown Ford art car has surfaced for sale in Germany on Mobile.de – and it has a sky-high price tag of… €1,990,000 ($2,250,192)!

The car is a 1983 Ford LTD Station Wagon, and a few decades ago, was transformed by George Lilanga, arguably the most influential East African artist ever. The art is colorful, abstract, and apparently, worth a serious ridiculous amount of money.

It is unclear how or when the vehicle landed in the hands of a German car dealer and just how realistic the asking price is. However, a quick bit of digging indicates that the art car was previously listed for sale for an unbelievable $4.9 million towards the end of 2017. Which, we guess, makes the current sticker price something of a bargain…

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The Ford LTD Station Wagon art car is fitted with a 3.8-liter engine delivering 120 hp and mated to an automatic transmission. It’s never been involved in any accidents but isn’t roadworthy. Even if it were, though, driving a vehicle like this on the streets is far from sensible: this car deserves to be displayed in an art museum.

George Lilanga was born in Tanzania in 1934 and established himself as one of the continent’s most distinguished artists. During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, he traveled around the world, displaying his artwork across the United States, Africa, Europe, India, and Japan. Lilanga sadly passed away in 2005.

And we’re not judging his work right now, because, clearly, we’re not art experts. Maybe it takes exactly that (an art expert) to appreciate it for what it is, because to us, it’s just an old, undriveable (per the description) old estate that just happens to sport (nice, we guess) art work by a famous artist.

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  • Merc1

    NO, it was one of the worst pieces of junk to come out of Detroit during those years.

    M

    • brn

      It’s about the art, not the car.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Estimating the value of an art work can be very difficult, because it’s largely based on perception. But, for starting, if it’s made by one of the most prominent artist of a continent, than probably it’s really worth it. Its last bidding which listed at $4,9 millions is a clue of its perceived value. And since the artist has passed away, the value of his art work could appreciate in the future.

    It’s no difference from the multi millions dollars paintings that made on canvases or walls (remember Banksy paintings?), only this time the canvas is replaced with a real car. To be fair, the canvas (and paint supplies) itself doesn’t have significant value. The car of this art work may be of no value at all, but the paintings on its body surely very valuable. It’s the imagination, creativity and execution of the artist that creates value.

    And no, it is not a piece of junk. It’s truly an art piece that is made by very talented artist. Just look at the painting, it’s very vibrant, lively, with bold colours. I especially like the painting on the car hood, it’s very beautiful. It’s very “African”: colorful, stylish, and lively. I love it.

    If you see it as a car, perhaps you only see nothing but an old junk with no value at all. But if you see it as an art piece, the car itself will no longer matters, for it’s only a medium.

    What I see is a very beautiful art piece, and it really worths it.

  • Bash

    I think its nice, its an art piece after all, not a car!

  • Ary Wisesa

    Estimating the value of an art work can be very difficult, because it’s largely based on perception. But, for starting, if it’s made by one of the most prominent artist of a continent, than probably it’s really worth it. Its last bidding which listed at $4,9 millions is a clue of its perceived value. And since the artist has passed away, the value of his art work could appreciate in the future.

    It’s no difference from the multi millions dollars paintings that made on canvases or walls (remember Banksy paintings?), only this time the canvas is replaced with a real car. To be fair, the canvas (and paint supplies) itself doesn’t have significant value. The car of this art work may be of no value at all, but the paintings on its body surely very valuable. It’s the imagination, creativity and execution of the artist that creates value.

    And no, it is not a piece of junk. It’s truly an art piece that is made by very talented artist. Just look at the painting, it’s very vibrant, lively, with bold colours. I especially like the painting on the car hood, it’s very beautiful. It’s very “African”: colorful, stylish, and lively. I love it.

    If you see it as a car, perhaps you only see nothing but an old junk with no value at all. But if you see it as an art piece, the car itself will no longer matters, for it’s only a medium.

    What I see is a very beautiful art piece, a million dollars one.

    Too bad Ford didn’t make it as a series of art cars a la BMW. Had they make it more serial, with more of prominent artists, the art car series could be much more valuable.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    To each his own.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I remember growing up, a near and dear neighbor owned one of these Fords, and, until now, I finally know the name of this specific model, other than being labeled as a FORD, to me; however, my neighbor vehicle one day couldn’t start and as frustrating as it was, her countenance facial expressing was distraught, as she conveyed from the inside of the vehicle attempting to start the vehicle to the outside tightened the battery cable. As I chuckled, she saw me, with a firmed stern look of agitation. Since then, I never knew what happened to that car, but I will always perceive that distant memory each time I come in to contact with a Ford LTD.

  • Uh9uhmus

    The emperor has no clothes.

    • Craig

      Hey! I didn’t see nothin’.

  • Momogg

    Who will buy this?

  • Liam Paul

    nope

  • Six Thousand Times

    I guess you’d have to see what some of his other pieces have sold for to determine value. I’m pretty sure this crowd has no idea. 😉

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