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Kiwis rush to buy $1 Lamborghini

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/01/2017
A written off Lamborghini Huracan sold on Trade Me. © Trade Me A written off Lamborghini Huracan sold on Trade Me.

From a $1 Lamborghini and military jet to a sailing ship, Kiwis hunting for their next motor vehicle had plenty of choice in 2016.

But it was a written-off Lamborghini Huracan that proved most most popular of all, according to Trade Me, which has released its top 10 most-viewed motor advertisements for last year.

Listed with a $1 reserve price, the Huracan advertisement appeared to set imaginations running wild as bargain-hunting Kiwis plotted how much the super car's restoration costs would be.

Eventually the car sold for $165,800, but not before it had been viewed 208,000 times, Trade Me communications advisor Logan Mudge says.

Mr Mudge says a personal favourite for his team was a 1958 Studebaker listed with very few miles on the clock.

"Apparently, a groom imported this before his wedding ... but the wedding didn't happen," he says.

"The jilted groom never drove the car and it clocked up just 119km."

Other popular items in 2016 include a cutter vessel sailed to New Zealand from England in 2004, a Soviet-era military jet and a vintage Humber.

TOP TEN:

* Lamborghini Huracan - Listed with a $1 reserve, the written-off black Lamborghini was viewed 208,000 times and sold for $165,800

* 2016 Ford Mustang - Auctioned to raise money for non-profit group Camp Quality, the Mustang was viewed just under 195,000 times and sold for $101,101

* 1963 Humber 90 - Another charity auction, this time on behalf of the Whanganui Cancer Society, the Humber sold for $40,501 and was viewed more than 170,000 times

* Studebaker Champion 1958 - With just 74 miles on the clock, this wedding gift gone wrong, sold for $56,000

* Soviet-era L29 military jet - Listed by a Timaru seller, who apparently possesses a surplus of aircraft, the asking price for the jet is $179,000

* 40ft Classic Gaff Cutter - Sold for $36,000, the Laura Bruce had earlier been sailed to New Zealand from England in 2004

* Ford F150 Lariat - With around 40,000 people viewing the listing for this powerful ute, the asking price is $229,800

* Rydon - The seller of this miniature vintage car sold it for $9000 to help pay medical costs for his niece with cerebral palsy

* A tiny house - With an asking price of $80,000, this small house is transportable and so was listed in the motor section of Trade Me, attracting around 36,000 views

* Hino rainbow bus - The asking price for this retro bus is $13,000

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