The wreck of the Rena has delivered a second bounty for the Child Cancer Foundation, a 2003 Mercedes E200 Kompressor car salvaged from a container taken off the wrecked ship.
The car, now valued at $15,000, was bound for Sri Lanka in a container full of other personal possessions on board the Rena when the ship struck the reef on October 5 last year. The container remained high and dry on the bow section.
A Mercedes E200 Kompressor car salvaged from a container on Rena is being auctioned for the Child Cancer Foundation.
The car was insured but the personal possessions in same container were not. The insurers paid out on the car, and the salvors were able to return the other property.
In May the CCF auctioned one of the ship’s lifeboats, donated to the foundation by the owners and salvors.
Like the Rena lifeboat, the car will be auctioned on TradeMe with the auction opening today, Friday August 17.
The car is on view at Safeway Auto Auctions on Totara Street, which has provided a location for the Mercedes to be viewed leading up to, and during, the auction, which will run for two weeks.
The organisation is overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have helped make the auction possible, says CCF fundraising and business development manager, Delwynne Hahunga.
“The Rena disaster had a huge effect on the Bay of Plenty, threatening wildlife and fishing waters as well as the local economy.
“We are so thankful for the enthusiasm and willingness of local businesses who want the car to go to a good cause, particularly Vero Marine Insurance which donated the car for auction.
“As you’d expect, the Mercedes did suffer some damage from the incident but Mount Maunganui Collision Repairs kindly took care of panel work on each side of the car. Ingham-Sears, the Mercedes-Benz specialists at the Mount, did some other minor repairs and along with Tauranga Vehicle Certifiers, ensured that the car meets New Zealand road standards.”
The car has been insured until the point of sale by Bay Insurance Brokers, which arranged cover with New Zealand Insurance.
Click here to view the auction on Trade Me