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This Is the Oldest Hyundai For Sale on Autotrader

I recently discovered that the oldest Hyundai currently listed for sale on Autotrader is this 1997 Accent. This surprised me, because Hyundai has been offering vehicles in the United States since the 1986 model year. But apparently those are all gone, and this Accent is the oldest remnant of Hyundai currently for sale on the site.

Admittedly, it’s a very nice Accent. Offered for sale by DeKam Auto Brokers in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this Accent is a 1997 model with just under 60,000 miles, making it an especially well-preserved classic Hyundai. It’s green with a gray interior and 3-spoke hubcaps over the 4-lug wheels.

Not surprisingly, this Accent is a 1-owner car — something that I say isn’t surprising, because second or third owners probably wouldn’t have maintained it so well. This Accent was purchased new in 1997 and apparently lived in Florida for a few years before moving to the Colorado Springs area in 2000 — and now it can be yours for $3,500, which seems like a pretty good deal.

But back to the whole “classic Hyundai” thing. No one’s selling an Excel? An early Sonata, or an early Elantra? There aren’t any Scoupes on Autotrader anymore? Very early Tiburons? Unfortunately, it seems not. Someone should buy this Accent and preserve it in a museum of cars that didn’t intend to be preserved. Future generations must know about the early Hyundais.

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  1. I almost bought this car back in 1996… but instead I leased a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire coupe.  The styling of the coupe was polarizing back then… but sadly not the reliability.  I should Have got the Accent.

    • In 2000 I bought the 98 car exactly like this. Drove it around 160,000 km over 6 years. No work required other than routine maintenance. Great car. 

  2. these were extremely common in Holland in the 90’s and early 2000s, when I was learning to drive one drove into me, same colour, that was 2012 or 2013. most of these are now at the junkjard, but you can still find one for sale if you want

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