Bring a Trailer is holding an auction for the last Plymouth vehicle ever manufactured, a 2001 Neon LX that rolled off the assembly line in June 2001.
The Neon in question is a one-owner vehicle with 68 miles on the digital odometer.
There is no reserve, but the bidding was at $10,250 as of Monday evening. The auction will conclude on May 10 at 2:15 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll update this story once the final sale is completed. We’ve got a car for you if you’ve got a few thousand dollars and a taste for pristine examples of objectively boring cars. Bring a Trailer (the parent company of Car and Driver) is holding an auction for the last Plymouth car ever built, a 2001 Neon. According to Hagerty, the car was custom ordered by Darrell Davis, who was then DaimlerChrysler’s senior vice-president of parts and service. The car’s digital odometer only shows 68 miles of travel, and it’s currently based in Florida, away from the salty winters of its Midwestern birthplace.
The Neon is in the LX trim. It has a silver exterior and a black leather interior, and it’s packed with options including wood-grain trim, a sunroof, and an in-dash CD changer. It has front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, and it’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Davis drove the car off the assembly line in Belvidere, Illinois, and has saved every conceivable piece of memorabilia for the next owner. That person will receive a banner that was displayed above the car as it was being assembled, a never-installed radio antenna, the original window sticker, and various other paperwork and miscellaneous items. The vehicle is kept in a climate-controlled garage. However, there is some corrosion visible on the muffler in the photos provided by Bring a Trailer.
The 2001 Dodge Neon was the second model year of the car’s second generation, and it was also marketed as a Dodge in the United States and a Chrysler in other markets. After Plymouth went bankrupt on June 29, 2001 (the day after this car was built), Dodge continued to build and sell the cars in the United States until 2006.
When it was new, the Neon cost $18,210. In 2021 dollars, that equates to $27,250. The auction has no reserve price, and as of press time on Monday, May 3, the bidding had risen quickly in the afternoon to $10,000. The auction is set to end at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 10. Eastern standard time. Davis, who claims to have owned 160 cars in his life and is now selling the Neon in an effort to reduce his fleet, hopes the car will go to someone who recognizes its significance in automotive history.