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These Are the Lowest-Mileage Older Cars For Sale on Autotrader

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

I recently wrote up a list of the five highest-mileage 2016 models on Autotrader, which seemed to give everyone quite a laugh, because each vehicle I included had over 70,000 miles. One had over 100,000 miles. In one calendar year.

Naturally, this got me thinking: What are the lowest-mileage vehicles for sale on Autotrader?

The answer to this is, of course, the new ones, because they've all traveled something like 12 miles, presumably while being driven from the factory to the rail car, and from the rail car to the transport truck, and from the transport truck to the dealer lot, where someone ties a purple balloon to the windshield wiper until a happy little buyer comes along.

That would be no good. And so, instead, I set out to find the lowest-mileage cars on Autotrader that are at least 16 years old, meaning they're from model year 2000 or older. What I discovered was there are seven older-than-2000 cars currently listed on Autotrader with fewer than 1,000 original miles -- in 16 years (or more). More interestingly: They're all American cars. Here's the list.

1996 Chevy Impala SS

1996 Chevy Impala SS -- 945 Miles -- $30,000

The 1994-1996 Chevy Impala SS was a high-performance version of Chevy's full-size Caprice sedan, with a unique interior, extra engine power and a far more exciting appearance. This one has traveled less than 1,000 miles since it was new back in 1996, when it was originally offered with an MSRP of $25,640. Now it's available at Country Chevrolet in rural Herscher, Illinois, for $30,000.

1997 Plymouth Prowler

1997 Plymouth Prowler -- 920 Miles -- $37,896

I recently called the Plymouth Prowler "the strangest car of the 1990s" -- and this one is stranger still. A pristine example from the Prowler's original model year of 1997, this Prowler -- finished in the car's famous Prowler Purple exterior color -- has traveled just 920 miles from new. Interestingly, while this Prowler's owner didn't drive it much, it has had its unsightly front bumpers removed -- a common modification. Right now it's offered by The Toy Barn near Columbus, Ohio, for $37,896.

1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am -- 692 Miles -- $35,900

This '89 Trans Am is likely the nicest one left, having covered just 692 miles in the last 28 years. Finished in white with a beige exterior and that hilarious, button-filled Pontiac steering-wheel horn pad, this Trans Am is truly in showroom condition. It's also adorned with a wide variety of Indy 500 emblems, as it's a "Pace Car" special edition -- as denoted by the huge decals on the door. No, this one didn't pace the Indy, but it's still a special car -- and it's offered by Harchelroad Motors in in rural Imperial, Nebraska, for just $35,900.

1994 Dodge Viper RT/10

1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 -- 493 Miles -- $49,900

Most early Dodge Viper models have been destroyed in collisions, thanks to the car's unforgiving demeanor, lack of driver aids and huge horsepower. Not this one. This 1994 RT/10 model has been perfectly preserved, with everything exactly as it left the factory -- including the red exterior, the 3-spoke wheels and the gray interior. Most importantly, this Viper has traveled just 493 miles, surely making it one of the most perfectly preserved early Viper models left -- and now it's offered by RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $49,900.

1982 DeLorean

1982 DeLorean -- 217 Miles -- $79,995

This 1982 DeLorean is offered by DeLorean experts Gulf Coast Motorworks in Bonita Springs, Florida, near Fort Myers on the state's southwestern coast. It's priced at $79,995, which is a huge figure for these cars -- but then again, this is a special DeLorean, having covered just 217 miles in its 35-year life. This DeLorean is a true time capsule, with a nearly pristine interior and no aberrations on its stainless-steel exterior.

1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am -- 175 Miles -- $29,500

As time capsule vehicles go, this one is possibly the strangest on this list. It's a '99 Trans Am -- and not a special Pace Car Edition, like the one above, or a unique DeLorean, or a Dodge Viper, or a Plymouth Prowler. It's just a Trans Am -- like the tens of thousands of others that left the car's Canadian factory in 1999. But it's only been driven 175 miles from new, and it, truly, is a time capsule, with the original factory warning labels and tags in the interior and the floormats still encased in plastic wrap in the trunk. According to the listing, it survived unscathed because it was initially shipped to Japan and displayed in a collection, then shipped back to the U.S. and kept in a climate-controlled warehouse. It wouldn't surprise me -- and it's available from a private seller in rural Kerrville, Texas, for $29,500.

1990 Chevy Corvette ZR-1

1990 Chevy Corvette ZR-1 -- 31 Miles -- $49,995

It doesn't get any more original than this. Here's a 1990 Chevy Corvette ZR-1 -- the ultimate version of the C4 Corvette -- with just 31 original miles on the odometer, offered for sale by Rizza Cadillac Buick GMC near Chicago. Although the listing doesn't give much information about this ZR-1, it notes that the car was "originally purchased by the Rizza group in 1990 and kept in a climate controlled environment" ever since. This is the closest thing to a new C4 ZR-1 you'll ever find -- and while it isn't cheap, well, it's certainly unique.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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