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Written-off Aston Martin to boost anti-drink drive coffers

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 10:21 28/01/2014
Early morning Auckland smash destroys $320,000 Aston Martin.
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EXPENSIVE MISTAKE: Auckland smash destroys $320,000 Aston Martin.

The wrecked Aston Martin Rapide at Turners Car Auctions.
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SAD SITE: The wrecked Aston Martin Rapide at Turners Car Auctions.

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For Sale: Aston Martin Rapide sports car, somewhat damaged. Profits to SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk).

The car a Chinese visitor famously slammed into a power pole on Auckland's waterfront Tamaki Dr is being sold by Turners Auctions through Trade Me.

Bidding closes on February 7 and by early today had reached $11,650.

Undamaged, the V12 5935cc car may have been worth up to $320,000.

The 2010 car has done just 15,475 kilometres and has had three owners.

"The Aston Martin Rapide, a brand synonymous with British automotive history and James Bond's car marque of choice, this V12, 550 break [sic] horsepower vehicle was a thing of beauty," the Trade Me listing said.

"The Aston Martin was seriously damaged in a single car collision on Tamaki Drive in October last year. The driver walked away with only minor injuries. The car was acquired by Turners as part of the Cash Now programme.

"If successful, we can organise transportation to anywhere in New Zealand at reasonable rates.

"All profits to SADD."

The car was being driven by holidaying 26-year-old Chinese national Weihao Chen when it crashed

He had bought the car for his wife, but after dinner made an error of judgment and drove too fast around a bend on Auckland's waterfront, writing off the car.

Chen was charged with dangerous driving and driving with excess breath alcohol, but when he appeared in Auckland District Court last week, the excess breath alcohol charge was withdrawn.

Chen admitted dangerous driving, and was ordered to pay a $750 fine and $130 in court costs, and disqualified from driving for nine months.

He also had to pay Auckland Transport more than $14,000 to repair the power pole.

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