You Can Own the World’s Least Equipped, Lowest Mileage 2002 Ford Focus

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You Can Own the World’s Least Equipped, Lowest Mileage 2002 Ford Focus


Just 23 years ago, this 2002 Ford Focus LX sedan was among the cheapest new Fords you could buy. But he never found an owner, and now he’s finally ready to have one. Currently for sale on Bring a Trailer with just 134 miles on the odometer, it could be the lowest mileage Ford Focus in the world. If you don’t mind giving up a few creature comforts, this vehicle could be your new classic, modern daily driver.

It is fair to state the meaning of the term creature comforts has evolved since this Focus was built. It features the base engine from 2002: a 2.0-liter SOHC four-cylinder making 110 horsepower. There’s a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels and an honest-to-god factory cassette radio. Below the stack, you’ll see a bank of manual climate control dials that don’t include air conditioning. Look on the bright side: there are fewer parasitic power losses due to the relatively underpowered engine.

2002 Ford Focus LX with 134 miles
2002 Ford Focus LX with 134 miles

To stay cool, you’ll need to roll down the manually operated windows using cranks. Don’t worry about knowing the cruise control settings on the highway, because this car doesn’t have it. When you arrive at the store, be sure to lock all four doors by hand. And as you drive away, turn around to admire the stunning five-spoke wheel covers on the 14-inch steel wheels. This Focus is truly a throwback to another era of automobiles. It’s entirely analog, and for that, we love it.

According to the auction listing, this Focus was shipped new to a Ford dealership in 2002, which went bankrupt shortly after arriving. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the car remained in storage until the current owner, also a dealer, purchased it in 2022. The little Ford sat outside for a few years, which explains the large dents on the hood, believed to have been caused by hail. There are also a few scratches on the dashboard and a small burn mark on the driver’s seat. This car may have incredibly low mileage, but it’s not perfect.

2002 Ford Focus LX with 134 miles
2002 Ford Focus LX with 134 miles

This Focus has a new timing belt, battery, front crank seal, fuel pump and fuel filter, according to the auction listing. The oil was changed, the cooling system was flushed and the tires were replaced with newer Hankook items. It also has the original window sticker, confirming its very basic standard equipment list. The only options listed are anti-lock brakes and side airbags. It might not be feature-rich, but at least it’s safe. Either way, as safe as it gets for a 2002 Ford Focus.

The window sticker lists the total price as $14,000, including a $490 destination charge. Accounting for inflation, that’s $24,305 in 2024 dollars. Will it fetch that much at auction? Bidding is currently at $3,750 and the auction is scheduled to end on April 30. There is no reserve, so this Focus time capsule will have a new owner when the dust settles. Let us know how much you think this Focus will sell for in the comments below.

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