Buying a 2013 Subaru BRZ isn’t like finding a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card in your backyard. There were only about 200 of the turn of the century collectable distributed to the public; the most recent disclosed purchase price of the rarity was $2.8 million in 2007.
And buying the BRZ isn’t like purchasing the used Z-Grav Decompression Table selling on eBay for $25,000, either:
How did I come across the 2006 Z-Grav Decompression table? I went to eBay and searched for “$25,000”, then listed the results from high to low. Why did I eBay this?
Mostly because I’m crazy. I wanted to show how the scarcity of the 2013 Subaru BRZ Coupe could eventually transform the sports car into a collector’s item (only 6,000 of the sports cars will be released in the U.S. next year, at an expected retail price of $25,000).
Does this make any sense? Probably not (it barely does to me)…so let’s start from the beginning, when I first read about the BRZ yesterday afternoon.
I clicked into the BRZ story, read the details, and thought, wham…collector’s item, because there’s only 6,000 of them coming here, and then, from a childhood of card collecting, about the Honus Wagner card.
The second thing that came to mind was eBaying the price of the BRZ to see what you can get at the online auction house for $25,000. I was hoping for another car, but instead was presented with (in descending order):
- a 1980 Clark C500 propane lift for $39k
- a $32K water heater
- five bags of 25,000 Indian head pennies for $31,250 (?!?!?!?), and
- a $27K Newcon Optik Laser Rangefinder
These four items came before the first $25K entry, which was the Z-Grav Decompression table.
I should have eBayed $25,000 CAR to have automobiles listed, but I didn’t. Instead I got to learn about really expensive random things. And I’m not lying about the Indian head pennies:
To conclude, it’s entirely possible that the extremely-limited 2013 Subaru BRZ will become a car auction house dream, changing hands only between the uber-rich who can afford things like Honus Wagner baseball cards. But it’s also possible the breezy BRZ will end up like a bag of Indian head cents. The BRZ is pictured below.