Tuesday, 18 March 2014

'Famous' Somerset Levels flood car to be auctioned

Winter weather January 26th

A Seat Toledo that was submerged by floodwater on the Somerset Levels is to be auctioned off.

Appearing on online bidding site eBay, the silver hatchback became an enduring image of the plight of Somerset residents, as it appeared on regular news bulletins due to its situation on a main strip used by rescuers in inflatable boats.

The stricken £600 car was eventually rescued from the water and returned to its owner
 
The 21-year-old was forced to abandon his vehicle on Christmas Eve just outside the village of Muchelney, after water levels rose suddenly. Now he hopes to sell the vehicle and donate the proceeds to fellow flood victims.

"It was shocking, seeing my car on telly and in the international news. Everyone was talking about it, including the Prince of Wales," he said

Quite how much money is expected to be raised is unclear, given the extensive damage the car has suffered being underwater for nearly two months.

The eBay advert reads: "Genuine Seat Toledo from the floods in somerset.

"Obviously NOT in working condition, but my aim is to sell the car and donate the money to a Charity which is helping with the floods.

"Any Questions please message me. Collection Only"

Bidding on the ruined Toledo is currently at £410.00. If you fancy owning it, the auction closes on March 19

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