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RARE car! Rare Fold-down Queen Bed! with Hitch!

Make: Ford
Model: Aerostar
Type: Minivan
Trim: Eddie Bauer Luxury Edition
Year: 1988
Mileage: 156,570
VIN: 1FMDA11U8JZA02013
Color: Metalic Deep Shadow Blue & Light Chestnut border
Engine: 3.0L, 6 cylinder
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 4-speed Automatic
Drive type: Rear 2-wheel drive
Interior color: Chestnut (tan)
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

1988 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer Luxury Edition Additional Info:


1. 1-owner/continuously licensed Ford Eddie Bauer Aerostar minivan.

2. U-Haul-installed hitch + trailer wiring.

3. Various historical original documents: 1988 Eddie Bauer brochure, Operator’s Guide, Owner’s Manuel, Accessories brochure, 1989 Newspaper article “More Capability for Ford Aerostar”

VALUE: NADA CLASSIC CAR PRICES, as of Nov 26, 2016 for 1988 Ford Aerostar ½ Ton Wagon is up to $3,325. NADA does not have a price for this upgraded luxury Eddie Bauer version.


BED, good for: Great camper--(less bugs & snakes than tent).

Park it in back yard or driveway for extra overnight guests.

If fixed up: Layover/overnight stopper – nap at a park on the way to grandma’s house.

FIXER UPPER for hobby, vehicle maintenance training – over 50 eBay pages of Aerostar parts Nov 2016!

CROSS COUNTRY TRAVEL. Relief driver may nap in the rear bed.


1. Wonderful, irreplaceable rear queen bed.

2. Front seats’ fabric in excellent condition.

3. Tires.

4. Battery.

5. Engine.

6. Hitch

HISTORICAL IMAGING: Authentic prop or use to produce movie with 1980’s & 1990’s settings. Since Eddie Bauer Aerostar 1988 maiden year was this model, can be used--or resold to--movie makers, for many years’ settings of 1987 & after. Aerostars have been in many movies & TV series, such as Trapped, 1989; Columbo, 1989; Street Crimes, 1992; Blood & Wine, 1996; Because I Said So, 2007; LaMission, 2009; Inoe, 2007; Chuzhaya, 2010, Profugos, 2011-2013.

TEENAGER CLUNKER: Get experience in this before moving up to more expensive or new.

AIRPORT CLUNKER: Use only to and from airport parking lot.

HAULER/STORAGE: As much room as a big closet! Store items awaiting pickup or move—dryer than open truck bed.

COLLEGE TREKER: Lots of room for moving in and out of dorms.


IT’S A BED!!! Rear seats fold down to make a firm, comfortable FLAT BED! Takes queen-size linens -- mattress cover, sheets, etc. Fabric seats breathe.

VINTAGE AGE/TAX BENEFIT: This almost 30-year old may qualify for a “HISTORICAL” license plates and/or reduced rate vehicle tax--check your state’s laws. Not many vehicles on the road this age in this good a repairable condition.

LUXURY MODEL: This Eddie Bauer package was above Ford Aerostar XL Base, XL Plus, XLT Base, and XLT Plus version; many more options came standard. 7-passenger seating, rear air conditioning. Electronic Panel shows remaining miles, odometer, Average/Instant MPG, Average Speed. Speed control. Tilt steering wheel, privacy glass, power lumbar front seats, luggage rack, 14” wheels, etc.

The 1995 Safety & Insurance Report Card brochure ranked Ford Aerostars as “Average”, “Above Average”, and top rating “Much Better than Average” in various categories.

UNIQUENESS ON THE ROAD; MODEL HISTORY: Eddie Bauer version, manufactured only eight years—1988 (made in 1987), 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996!

RARE, RARE, RARE ! ! ! !

VERY, VERY, VERY FEW ON THE ROAD NOW. The first 50 pages in an eBay search for “Aerostar Eddie Bauer” yielded not one whole Aerostar for sale. Only 2 non-luxury Eddie Bauer were found; neither had fold down seats or were in this good a condition. Blame “Cash for Clunkers” program to make these nearly extinct?

UNIQUE/HARD TO FIND – Any minivan or SUV model with interior comfy flat bed like this is unheard of!!! Shame on automakers for not making many of these type seats.


Purchased 31 Oct 1987. Repair & maintenance records (oil changes, brake shoes, plugs, etc.): available to buyer at pickup time.

2006 whole-exterior paint job (like original, with 2-tone paint Deep Shadow Blue metallic with Light Chestnut Clearcoat Metallic bottom border).

2006: A/C System upgraded to R134A coolant.

Est. 2007 June: Michelin Harmony tires.

CONDITION of Vehicle:

Total miles: 156,568

The good: See above update history.

Fairly new battery.

Tires: Good tread. Only 17,752 miles on tires.

Shiny paint.

The sad: Rust – Hardly any in a few areas close to road.

Roof under rack: Paint peeling.

Front Doors: Inside plastic or rubber panel cracked (See photos), junk yards may have replacements.

Radio, digital aspect of side sliding door, & power locks: Iffy—sometime works.

A/C may need more coolant; is anemic.

Won’t start; undiagnosed by a professional. May be as simple as a starter solenoid or bad battery cable. May need tow unless buyer can get it started on site in Louisville.

Front windshield, passenger side: crack from rock damage.

Needs washing & vacuuming cleaning, inside and out.

More pictures are available upon request.

CONDITION OF SALE: Pick up “FOB Origin” only. As expected, sold “AS IS” – no warranty whatsoever is implied; prospective buyer is most encouraged to inspect in person before bidding. NO RETURN; SALE IS FINAL. Successful bidder must process government license Change of Title before take possession, Louisville, Kentucky DMV during DMV business hours and a date/time mutually convenient for buyer and seller. Paypal or Cash Payment must received 36 hours of auction close. THIS IS ONLY A 7-DAY AUCTION –LAST CHANCE TO GET THIS PIECE OF LIVING HISTORY BEFORE CHARITY PICKS IT UP!!