Online auctions are a gold mine for weird shit, offering up some true gems like Patrick Swayze's G-string, Truman Capote's ashes, and even a bag of fresh air from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Now, keen internet shoppers have a chance to buy something just as remarkable: a certified, 80s-era FBI surveillance van, currently sitting on eBay for roughly $16,000.
According to local CBS affiliate WNCN, owner Ginter Senfeldas was looking for a heavy-duty van when he discovered the 1989 Dodge Ram 350 in a government auction online. After purchasing it, he found two LCD screens wired to cameras hidden on all four corners of the van's exterior, along with a slew of other gizmos straight out of Mission Impossible: radar surveillance equipment, DVD players, tape recorders, binoculars, an intercom system, and even a built-in bathroom for particularly long stakeouts.
"[It has] everything you need to get the investigation done," Senfeldas told WNCN.
Senfeldas claims the van was used in federal drug investigations, something he might've gleaned from a few remnants that were left in the vehicle. He apparently found some old notebooks and surveillance tapes used in a long-forgotten FBI operation, which he's leaving for the new owner of the van to mess around with.
Less thrilling—but just as important—the van appears to be in great shape. Senfeldas posted a virtual tour of the Ram to YouTube, showcasing the unscathed, original interior, working AC, near-spotless body, and new tires. Most impressively, the 28-year-old vehicle only has about 23,500 miles on it.
If you're in the market for some new wheels, act fast: The auction ends at 7 PM EST on Monday.
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