IT was a long interstate trip to check out what was supposed to be a buy of a lifetime.
But crash investigators have now been called in to look at the destruction of a 1977 Porsche 911 after it careered into a metal guard rail while it’s owner was showing it to a prospective buyer last week.
Police said the would-be buyer had flown from Melbourne and hired a car to travel to Maitland before meeting with the owner.
The pair jumped into the left-hand drive sportscar for a drive, before the passenger side of the vehicle took the brunt of the collision when it crashed into the rail near Thornton Road at Thornton.
The passenger suffered a broken leg, arm and jaw – all on his left side – and was rushed to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.
The owner was not badly injured.
It is unknown what the car was valued at, although Porsches of similar vintage have attracted well over $50,000.
Crash investigators will look at how the car came to slide into the guard rail.