Smashed Aston Martin auctioned

EXPENSIVE MISTAKE: The $320,000 Aston Martin involved in the Auckland smash.
EXPENSIVE MISTAKE: The $320,000 Aston Martin involved in the Auckland smash.

A smashed-up supercar involved in a high-profile crash in Auckland has found a new home and raised some cash for charity in the process.

The Aston Martin Rapide was formerly a sleek piece of automotive engineering but after a drunken smash on Auckland's Tamaki Drive in October, the car - worth $320,000 new - took a sharp drop in value.

Weihao Chen, 26, a Chinese national on holiday in New Zealand, was convicted in the Auckland District Court last month of dangerous driving.

Chen, who bought the car for his wife, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving and was disqualified for nine months, fined $750, and ordered to pay $14,000 for damage to a power pole. To compound his misery, there was no insurance cover.

He cut his losses and sold the wreck to Turners, who boldly auctioned it on Trade Me with a $1 reserve with all the profit going to Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD).

Turners' general manager of North Island operations Shane Prince was confident that despite a huge dent in the front of the vehicle, they would make a tidy sum on top of what they paid.

And he was right.

The winning bid of $12,783 netted a total profit of $3783 for the charity.

Turners CEO Todd Hunter was amazed by the level of interest in the auction.

"We are thrilled with the response," he said.

"The listing generated more than 85,000 page views, 108 questions, more than 100 bids and is one of the most popular Trade Me auctions of the year to date."

Hunter reckoned the winner had scored "a great bargain".

SADD CEO Anna Braidwood said the money would go towards a busy calendar of training events for students.

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