THE word among motoring aficionados is that The Wiggles’ Big Red Car could fetch more than $40,000 on eBay.
Wake up Jeff! That’s an insane amount of money for a car that retails for about $4000 without a Wiggles sticker on the side.
Sure it might be fun to drive down Hunter Street yelling ‘‘Toot toot!’’ every coupla minutes but Topics wonders what one would do with the vehicle once the novelty wore off?
Newcastle Herald motoring writer Brent Davison said he’d like to see the car donated to the Australian National Motor Museum.
‘‘I’d rather someone left it to the museum rather than let it deteriorate – because it is special,’’ he said.
He said from a buyer’s perspective one should check how many kilometres the red car has clocked up and the suspension.
‘‘The suspension could be suss depending on how heavy Captain Feathersword is. There’s been a lot of men sitting in the back of that car,’’ he said.
The red Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet will be up for grabs on eBay for 10 days from December to raise money for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Wiggles perform their final show in Newcastle, before Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook and Greg Page leave the group, on December 12.
Another seriously overpriced television car was KITT from the American ’80s TV show Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff, offered for sale in 2007.
Restored to its debut-season glory, the modified black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was offered at $US149,995 ($185,500) at a California auto dealership.
Unsurprisingly KITT couldn’t really soar 15 metres in the air, throw smoke bombs, talk or drive itself.
In fact, the car wasn’t even street legal because of missing pollution equipment and other modifications.
Closer to home, the black 1955 Morris Minor convertible that actor Garry McDonald drove in the popular ABC series Mother and Son sold for an unprecedented $18,000 in 2008.
It was worth $7000 - $12,000.