A man was reading the wanted classified ads in the newspaper and saw one about a Ferrari that was for sale. It had only 3,000 miles on the clock. “Like new” the ad boasted. “Mint condition. $75.00”.
He laughed to himself and he said, “There goes the newspaper, making another mistake”.
But his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to call the number in the ad anyway and he asked the woman who answered about the sports car.
“Is it really brand new?” the man asked.
“Yes it is”, the woman replied.
“And only three thousand miles on the clock?” he asked,
“Yes”, the woman replied, “actually it’s still about fifty miles short of that”.
“And the price?” he asked.
“Seventy-five dollars”, she answered.
“Lady, it just sounds too good to be true, what’s wrong with it?” he asked.
“Nothing is wrong with it at all”, the woman said. “You are the first person to call. I supposed nobody else believes the ad was genuine”.
So he decided to go and look at the Ferrari.
The woman let him take a test drive. The car looked exquisite and ran perfectly. He just couldn’t believe his luck!
“The car is yours for $75”, the woman said emphatically, “but on one condition”.
“What’s that?” the man asked, thinking there had to be a catch.
The woman replied, “I want the money now and I want you to drive the car away so I never have to see it again”.
So the man paid her and took the keys to the car.
“Please tell me, lady”, he persisted. “You could have sold this car for fifty thousand dollars. What is going on here?”
She told the man her story:
I bought this car for my husband on our twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Two weeks later he ran off with somebody else. Last week I got a postcard from him. They are in a resort in Miami Beach, Florida. The postcard said, “Need money, sell car, send cash”. So that’s what I am doing.
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