California Saturn dealer Bert Boeckmann had the distinction of selling the first Saturn at 9: 01 p.m. - just after midnight Eastern time - on Oct. 24, 1990, 10 years ago this week.
Boeckmann later set out to locate the car and repurchase it for display in his Saturn of the Valley showroom.
Fate had other plans. The buyers - Andy and Tricia Gibson- told Boeckmann that their historic car had been totaled.
So much for history.