Friday 17 November 2017

Iranian president's car sold at auction for $2.5m

Brian Smith

AN Iranian news agency says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 34-year-old car has been sold for nearly $2.5m (€1.8m) at an auction to raise money for a low-income housing project.

However, ISNA's report yesterday failed to identify the buyer, but quoted the individual's lawyer, Mamoud Isari, as saying the buyer plans to build a museum and exhibit the car. The 1977 white Peugeot sedan was put up for auction in January in a move by the president to appear to fulfil a campaign promise to put a roof over the head of every Iranian.

Mr Ahmadinejad made a point of being seen in the sedan when he was Tehran mayor. He has rarely used the car since becoming president in 2005.

The car would probably sell for $2,000 (€1,452) on the local market.

Irish Independent

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