Quake city bidder wins mayoral limo
Christchurch's mayoral Daimler limousine has sold for more than $30,000.
The auction being run by Turners Auctions in association with the Christchurch City Council, at Mayor Lianne Dalziel's instigation, attracted hundreds of bids. In the final hour, a bidding war between four apparent car enthusiasts pushed the price up by almost $10,000.
The top bidder got the car with a bid of $32,109.
Proceeds will go to the Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund.
According to the questions and answers section on TradeMe, the car's speedometer is in miles per hour and displays 99,449 miles.
A potential bidder asked: "Have you thought of also offering this thing offshore?"' to which the answer from Turners Auctions was: "This car is a one-eyed Cantabrian."
The eventual winner is listed as coming from Christchurch.
Another asked if the mayoral chains were included.
Turners Auctions said: "I do not think they are for sale. I suspect you would have to work pretty hard to get them off their current caretaker. Your next opportunity is still a few years away."
According to a "visitor's book", the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana have all been in the car.
One potential bidder said the vehicle failed to start when Princess Anne visited the city's polytechnic in the 1980s.
"As Princess Anne was approaching the vehicle to leave the venue I had to summon half a dozen big beefy cops to push-start the thing. It coughed into life with a push but the cops all swore the hand brake was on," they said.
Turners Auctions said it wished the vehicle could talk, because "it would have some great tales". "Hopefully the new owner gets to create some interesting adventures of their own.
"There is nothing quite like pushing two tonnes of good British steel for building a stiff upper lip."