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Top Trade Me Motors listings of 2023 revealed

Two supercars, a celebrity yacht, and Harold the giraffe’s former home have made it to the hall of fame as Trade Me Motors listings of the year for 2023.

Head of Trade Me Motors Jayme Fuller said that the nation’s hearts were captured by everything from the humble vehicle, to the aspirational. “The top listings of 2023 show Kiwi are into all sorts of vehicles, whether it be a soon-to-be classic or a million-dollar supercar.”

The most viewed listing with 156,979 views was also the most expensive. “This 2019 McLaren Senna GTR had an eye-watering asking price of $3.25 million. It’s an ultra-rare car, one of just 75 worldwide and reportedly the only in Aotearoa.”

Ms Fuller said that this car is absolutely bonkers. “The GTR, a more track-focused version of the Senna, can sprint to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds and go as fast as 352 km/h. If that sounds impressive, this incredible machine also weighs less than a Suzuki Swift.”

Following closely behind, the runner up came second in more ways than one. “With 120,294 views, a 2018 Ford GT was the second most viewed vehicle of 2023. This GT is one of just two in Aotearoa and can reach 347 km/h, making it the second rarest and second fastest of this year’s top 10. It was also the second priciest with an equally hefty asking price of $1.95 million,” said Ms Fuller.

There were celebrity appearances this year too. Rounding out the podium finish with 111,218 views was Kim Dotcom’s 1959 Cadillac. “An Elvis pink Cadillac was reportedly one of many assets seized when Kim Dotcom’s mansion was raided in 2012. More than 10 years later, it was up for auction and in fantastic condition.

“Another celebrity vehicle was a yacht belonging to none other than Kiwi broadcasting veteran Paul Henry, Olive – named after Henry’s late mother. This is a very personalised Van Der Heijden Explorer motor yacht which sailed into tenth place with over 47,000 views.”

Ms Fuller said the third celebrity vehicle was once home to the most famous and beloved giraffe in Aotearoa. “The Life Ed classroom has been an educational staple for tamariki and rangatahi for decades. Sadly, Harold’s home was getting beyond repair, so it was time to move on. The auction raised over $22,000 for the Life Education Trust.”

Incredibly, a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback made the top 10 for the second year in a row, this year in fourth place with 77,775 views. Ms Fuller said that this year’s one was a little different though: “This year’s Mustang actually started out as a coupe, before undergoing cosmetic surgery to give it the iconic fastback roofline.”

Ms Fuller said that classic cars made a strong appearance. “Five of the eight motors featured in this year’s top 10 were built before the turn of the century. A listing for three VW Kombi vans came in at fifth place and a Series 3 Land Rover in eighth, with 72,594 and 63,555 views respectively.

Trade Me’s top motors listings of 2023:

Place

Views

Listing name

Price

Seller’s location

1st

156,979

2019 McLaren Senna GTR

Asking price of $3,250,000

Auckland City, Auckland

2nd

120,294

2018 Ford GT 3.5L V6 EcoBoost

Asking price of $1,950,000

Christchurch, Canterbury

3rd

111,218

1959 Cadillac Series 62

Sold for $207,100

North Shore, Auckland

4th

77,775

1965 Ford Mustang

Sold for $58,000

Dunedin, Otago

5th

72,594

1965 Volkswagen Kombi 3 x 1965,66 VW Splitscreen K

Asking price of $340,000

Hibiscus Coast, Auckland

6th

70,392

The Black Pig is up for sale

Asking price of $80,000

Kerikeri, Northland

7th

70,229

2002 Holden Commodore Ss V8

Asking price of $22,000.00

Waitākere, Auckland

8th

63,555

1977 Land Rover Series 3 Series 3 SWB 2.5L

Sold for $28,150

Tīmaru, Tīmaru-Oamaru

9th

59,038

Harold’s home – CHARITY AUCTION

Sold for $22,850

Greymouth, West Coast

10th

47,971

Van Der Heijden Explorer Motor Yacht

Asking price of $3,750,000

North Shore, Auckland

 

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