As great as eBay may be for picking up a project car or snagging automotive collectibles, there are some instances where logic simply fails to exist.; Case in point?; An original owner’s manual for a GM EV1 is being offered for the paltry sum of $100,000.
Yikes.; That same figure could almost yield a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (assuming you could find a dealer to sell you one at sticker price); certainly a Nissan GT-R.; But $100,000 for an owner’s manual?
O.K, so the seller’s aching for a best offer; the “Make Offer” option on eBay confirms his motive.; But don’t think you can dicker this thing down below three figures.; One line of the auction proclaims “free shipping for highest offer (over $5000)!!”
Look, I understand the rarity of the piece.; GM built just over 1100 EV1s, and with the majority of them crushed, it’s unlikely many manuals still exist.; In the realm of automotive literature, brochures and manuals pertaining to modern electric cars have always remained collectible for just that reason.; Two years ago, I was amazed when I sold a black-and-white four-page brochure on the 1998 Ford Ranger EV on eBay for $100.
But two years ago, I also watched an EV1 owner’s manual sell for $40.; I’m not saying the piece hasn’t grown more collectable, but I highly doubt its value increased 2500 times over.