Taika Waititi blasts Trade Me seller of iconic Barry Crump ute
Filmmaker Taika Waititi has accused the seller of the original Barry Crump Toyota Hilux of "cashing in" on the release of his latest film.
The yellow ute with the red and black panels made a splash in 1984 when Crump featured in a television commercial showing off its mean four-wheel driving skills.
The iconic 32-year-old ute is currently listed for sale on Trade Me, with an asking price of $25,000.
But Waititi, whose film Hunt for the Wilderpeople based on Crump's novel Wild Pork and Watercress opens in New Zealand this week, has blasted the seller.
"Please don't pay these blaggards 25k for a car full of rust," he tweeted.
"Nice timing btw, cashing in on our film's release!"
Please don't pay these blaggards 25k for a car full of rust. Nice timing btw, cashing in on our film's release!https://t.co/JeglPqvXVJ— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) March 27, 2016
The seller said the ute has been verified by Toyota as one of the vehicles used in the original campaign.
Described as a "serious opportunity" for a collector, the seller said the ute was in "original untouched condition showing its age and patina with significant rust around", but "absolutely hums along".
"This is a fantastic opportunity given its providence and connection to a fantastic advertising campaign and an iconic Kiwi especially with a feature length film due out soon," the listing says.