Yes, it WAS pathetic. It would have required the better part of a complete repaint, tailgate replacement, possible rear bumper replacement, seat covers, and that was a quick inspect. Cars are original ONCE, I dont care how 'rare' the car is, a 5,000 mile car should not need a restoration.
Bidding was available online and telephone, if it was such a great buy, you should have bought it
You definitely have strong opinions, and sure get defensive if anyone challenges you - but I'm going to again. We haven't agreed about much of anything to do with auctions, so no sense starting now.
As far as cars being original once, I can think of multiple examples of late 60s early 70s absolute hunks of junk selling for huge money after loving restoration to new condition - mostly with components from other vehicles.
The Last 67 Stingray - not a particularly well optioned or rare car, was a rusting frame with no fiberglass panels on it, and a damaged block that needed major repair work. The only valuable thing left was the serial number on the frame, and a correct number on the damaged block.
Terry Michaelis bought the car, and after a very intense restoration project, it was heavily promoted by Barrett Jackson, and sold at auction for $600000 plus commission - and Michaelis was bummed out that it didn't reach a million. The build is well documented on Michaelis' dealership site.
One of 11 Hemi convertible Cudas was traced to Terrace, BC. By the time it was located, the buyer was excited that he actually found the frame in a collector's back forty. With a lot more work, he found the original block still in use in another car (which he bought to get the engine back), located the transmission in another vehicle, and eventually located the rear end. Pretty much everything else was either NOS or salvaged from multiple wrecks.
That car sold at auction for 1.2 million plus commission - and it's a friggin automatic, not a pistol grip.
So please - a bit of body damage, a repaint and a couple of seat skins seem pretty minor for an extremely rare vehicle. And no - I didn't buy it because I'm just not in a financial position to buy another truck. At that price, it was a decent deal, but not earth shattering. If I was in the market for another one, it would have been Sig 2.
Sad that it was in less than perfect condition, considering the low mileage, but still an extremely valuable truck.