DETROIT --The California company that has cleared legal hurdles to sell two-seat Smart cars in the United States has put its first saleable unit on eBay.
On Friday afternoon the top bid for the car, a red Smart fortwo with 586 miles on the odometer, stood at $12,300. The auction is set to end on Dec. 12 at 9:44 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Zap, of Santa Rosa, Calif., wants to sell 15,000 of the two-seat cars a year in the United States. It hopes to sign 150 dealerships by summer.
Zap doesn't get the Smarts directly from parent company DaimlerChrysler AG. It works with partner Smart-Auto LLC, which buys the cars from dealerships in Europe, then imports and modifies them to meet U.S. standards.
DaimlerChrysler AG, the parent company of Smart GmbH, will start importing the four-seat Smart formore from Brazil to the United States in 2006. The formore will be shown at the Detroit auto show in January.