It’s the first souped-up automobile to be crushed under police minister Judith Collins’ new boy-racer laws, and you could own the flattened heap of scrap if you make the right offer.
Daniel Briant’s Nissan, which was seized after three driving offences, was crushed at a Wellington scrap metal yard last month.
Briant’s father has put the squashed Nissan up for auction on Trade Me in a bid to raise funds for the youth-development charity Youthline.
“Every situation has a silver lining and the Nissan Laurel wanted his legacy to be remembered through a good deed. The decision was made to auction off the more streamlined Laurel and have the proceeds go to a worthy charity,” said Briant’s father, who declined to be named, on the car’s auction page.
The car, which was originally valued at $9000, has currently reached a bid of $450. The auction closes on July 9.
The ad continues: “By bidding for the Laurels sad little story you’ll make his ending a happy one! And if you don’t want to take away a crushed car (i.e. your castle doesn’t require a new flat but slightly bumpy coffee table) then we’ll provide you with a photo instead as a momento.”
"(I)just want the whole thing to go away,” Briant’s father told the New Zealand Herald.